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Garden waste guidance

An increase in unnecessary contamination of garden waste bins has led to a call from Blaby District Council for residents to take responsibility for the disposal of their dog waste.
Dog waste is increasingly appearing in brown-lidded garden bins. The dog waste, which can be disposed of in the black-lidded general rubbish bin, causes serious problems for the compost farms, and costs the Council money for contamination fees.
Karen Appleby, Waste Operations Manager at Blaby District Council, said: "This is a problem that's on the rise and it's causing a concern as it creates extra work for both our collection crews and composting partners, who already deal with over 5,700 tonnes of garden waste per year.
"Bagged dog waste can go in to any of the dog hygiene and litter bins that we have around our parks and open spaces in the district, and also into the black-lidded bins."
Any garden bins found to contain dog waste will not be collected, and a sticker will be placed on the bin to explain why. Continued abuse of garden waste bins may see them taken away from the property.
Garden bins – what we like and what we don't like:
Yes please
         Grass cuttings
         Flowers and plants
         Weeds
         Small prunings
         Hedge clippings
         Leaves and bark
No thanks
         Large branches
         Soil
         Slabs or other rubble
         Plastics
         Kitchen waste eg fruit and vegetable peelings

By Ian Cockerill

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