A contaminated bin is a grey, blue or brown bin which contains either the wrong recyclables, or mixed rubbish in it. Recycling crews cannot empty a contaminated bin. If this goes into the recycling wagon then the entire wagon-load becomes contaminated and it may have to be diverted to landfill rather than its proper recycling channels.
If one of your recycling bin (grey, blue or brown) is found to contain the wrong the crews will leave a hanger/sticker on your bin and leave you with some recycling sacks to tide you over until next collection day.
You can either remove the contaminated waste yourself and it will be collected as normal on the next collection day or you can request a fresh start where a refuse vehicle will empty your bin and leave you with an empty bin ready to recycle correctly.
The cost of this service will be £7.50 per bin.