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Good job . . . Gore District Council transport mana ger Peter Standring is pleased only 10% of yellow bins that were put out for collection last week needed to be tagged as being unsuitable for collection as they had non-glass items in them. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

The majority of residents who put out a yellow bin last week had the correct contents in it, Gore District Council transport manager Peter Standring says.

Under the new rubbish collection rules, which began on June 29, only glass is allowed in the yellow bin, while residents can put household waste, plastics, paper, sanitary items, steel cans and food waste in the red bin.

The red wheelie bin is now collected weekly, for three consecutive weeks, and the yellow wheelie bin collected every fourth week.

Mr Standring said he was pleased with the response.

“About 10% of the bins” were contaminated with non-glass items.

“The material we ended up getting in the [bins was] a lot cleaner than it has been in the past,” Mr Standring said.

People were given a grace period last month to get used to the new system.

However, it was decided to “police it a bit better” this month.

Auditors inspected the bins before they were emptied.

“Any bins that did have contamination were tagged and put aside.”

About 20 tonnes of glass was collected for the week.

Last month Mr Standring commented there was “room for improvement” after items such as ash, cardboard and paper were found in yellow bins.

It was important people followed the rules as the council did not have the facilities to sort the contents of the bins, he said.

It might also be time for people to think about how they could minimise the amount of rubbish they put in the red bin, he said.