SOME £7 million was spent by Halton Council dealing with waste, according to figures released by the local authority.
They reveal a soaring quantity of items which have been incorrectly recycled.
In the year 2017/18 16% of material collected in recycle bins was sent for disposal because it was non-recyclable or material that cannot be recycled through the council’s normal collection services.
The cost of dealing with this waste is around £138, 000 – more than twice the cost incurred in 2016/2017, when it spent £64,000 disposing of 8%of material wrongly placed in blue recycling bins.
The council said that this year it will spend an estimated £3.7 million disposing of general rubbish and plans to launch an awareness raising campaign to encourage people to recycle.