Safety warning over new recycling bags

A safety alert has been sounded by a High Peak resident over the potential for a child to suffocate in one of the Borough Council’s new extra large blue plastic bags used for cardboard recycling collections.

Unlike supermarket plastic packaging and carrier bags, there is no warning or air holes in the bags, introduced to cope with the extra demand following the Council banning cardboard from being recycled in green bins.

The 34 inch by 38 bags are of such a size that a child could easily get in one, said Edmund Bradbury, of Chapel-en-le-Frith.

He has asked the council to look into the issue.

Anthony McKeown, High Peak Borough executive councillor for community services, said:

“There is no legal requirement to place warnings on bags but, as always, the council takes seriously the health and safety of residents, and will continue to base all future decisions on the expert advice it receives on such matters.”