Pendle Council is reminding users of its garden waste collections just what can be put into the green bins for recycling.
The reminder follows reports of contamination in the bins when they are taken to Pendle Transfer Station for composting.
Please use your green garden waste bin for:
• Grass cuttings.
• Hedge clippings.
• Tree loppings.
• Twigs, bark, leaves.
• Straw and shavings.
• Flowers and plants.
• Small branches.
• Fallen fruit.
• Rabbit bedding.
Coun. Joe Cooney, Leader of the council, said: “It’s important to make sure you only put into the green bins what can be composted.
“Anything in addition to this could contaminate the whole load of garden waste, meaning that a whole wagon load of garden waste could be sent for disposal instead of going for composting.
“So please ensure you don’t put into your green bin any household rubbish, food waste, cardboard or paper and plastic bags.”
Waste Services Manager David Walker added: “In Pendle around 3,800 tonnes of garden waste is collected each year.
“The majority of it is, fortunately, contamination free. We just need to remind some householders of what can go into the green bins and, more importantly, what’s not allowed.”
If householders have any logs, thick branches, soil, rubble and flowerpots, they can take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Barnoldswick and Burnley.
Alternatively, if they haven’t got any means of transport, they can contact the council for a quotation to have the waste removed.