Sex toys and urn of ashes recycled
Blow up dolls, vibrators and an urn containing ashes are among items placed in recycling bins, a council revealed.
Enfield Council in London said it "beggared belief" what some of its residents tried to recycle as it published a list of some of the most extreme cases.
These includes dead pets, oil paintings, a fish tank, sex toys and a plastic Christmas tree which was placed in an organic waste bin.
Refuse collectors discovered an urn containing the ashes of a person or animal - so placed it back on the property's doorstep.
Councillor Chris Bond said: "It's no laughing matter because if recycling is contaminated it has to be sent to landfill and it costs us a fortune to dispose of it.
"If one incorrect item is placed in the recycling container and our staff don't spot it, the whole 10 tonne load of recycling could have to be sent to landfill, and that costs the council £1,000 each time it happens.
"Residents are working really hard to recycle more than ever before but I'd urge them to think long and hard about whether it's really suitable to put a blow up doll in their recycling."