CANS AND PLASTIC BOTTLES can now be mixed with paper in the East Riding Council’s blue wheelie bins according to a council update printed in the Holderness Advertiser last week.
Prior to this latest advice you had to put cans and plastic bottles into a plastic carrier bag first. Now residents are being asked to wash cans and bottles out and – after drying and the cans are crushed – they can be added straight to the blue bin. Obviously squashed cans take up far less room in the refuse lorries.
The Council’s Environmental portfolio holder Councillor Symon Fraser advised residents to wash and squash the cans and plastic: “When they are cleaned in washing up water, dried on the side and then squashed, there are no nasty liquids to contaminate the paper.”
The Council website at the time of writing has not yet been updated to reflect this new advice, however, the Blue Bins page is still a source of useful information.
To support this new message the Council is giving away free can crushers to three lucky residents. To be in with a chance of winning you need to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 26th November 2009.