Families in Norwich are doing a great job at recycling - last month we got the great news that our contamination levels are the lowest in Norfolk. But there are still things that we need to improve on.
The city's recycling gets checked every few months by Norfolk Environmental Waste Services Ltd (NEWS), the same company who sort recycling from our blue bins, to see which items were thrown into the city's recycling which should not have been.
There were a couple of random items like a safe and a car axle, but this time around glass proved to be the main problem.
The main contaminants in the audit were glass, other plastics other than bottles and nappies.
Councillor Brian Morrey, executive member for sustainable city development, said: “It's really good. It shows how the citizens of Norwich are working on alternate weekly collections.
“It's congratulations to them really. They are not abusing the system.”
Householders are being reminded to put glass for recycling into their green boxes and not into the blue bins, which are for paper, card, tins and cans, and plastics.
This is because NEWS does not deal with glass - it adds to the amount of waste being sent to landfill, is dangerous for staff at the recycling centre as they can cut themselves on broken glass, and can damage the machines.
The more you keep contamination to a minimum, the more cost effective service you pay for.
The message is clear – remember green box for glass!