An exhibition in London has been launched to show the public what not to recycle.
The exhibition was created by artist Mat Kemp for the North London Waste Authority (NLWA).
It includes an army helmet, dolls, reading glasses and fairy wings, which Londoners have all been trying to recycle in recent weeks. The same message is being disseminated via an advertising campaign in the underground and at bus stops in North London and via social networks.
A national survey commissioned by NLWA found that of 3,000 people surveyed, nearly 58% admit to recycling items they are not sure are recyclable. The percentage was 69% for 16-24 year olds and 72% for 25-34 year olds.
More than a third of people put used kitchen paper in their household recycling, 43% broken drink glasses and kitchen utensils and 19% black plastic garbage bags, even though none of these items actually can. be recycled. Garbage bags are the most common contaminants, followed by textiles, food waste and electrical items.
NWLA points out that 15% of materials collected in North London are contaminated with non-recyclable materials. Recycling charges dumped from North London cost up to £ 2million a year – paid for by the taxpayer.
The exhibition was created with the support of NLWA’s recycling contractor, Biffa Waste Services, and London Energy Ltd, the company that runs its reuse and recycling centers and EfW facility in the north.
The NLWA serves two million residents in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
Thanks for trying is at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ in July, on selected dates.