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Council waste and environment solutions education and promotions officer Catherine Gledhill said from Monday the council will only collect tins, cans, aluminium, paper and type 1, 2 and 5 plastics in the yellow-lidded bins.
It will no longer collect type 3, 4, 6 or 7 plastics, which are difficult to recycle, or lids, caps and spray triggers which contaminate other recyclables such as paper and cardboard.
Soft plastics, such as plastic bags and "sleeves" on rigid containers need to be removed, and expanded polystyrene that is often used for packaging will no longer be collected.
Hazardous items, including garden chemicals, herbicides and pesticides cannot be recycled.
She said the yellow recycling bins would continue to be randomly inspected at the kerbside to make sure the contents were clean and correct.
Residents would be provided with information if they were not.
"We will also be looking for the 6% of households that are using the recycling bin as a rubbish bin.
"There are numerous things, like nappies, that are quite blatantly not meant for the yellow-lidded bin.
"We’ll be paying particular attention to those folks."