A FATHER has claimed he’s being ‘harshly treated’ by a council after his recycling bins were deemed ‘contaminated’ after an empty multi-pack crisp bag was found in one of them. Rob Kearney was told both his recycling bins would not be emptied from his home in Blackburn Road, Darwen, for another two weeks as a result of the Skips packet being put into the bin. The father-of-five said he discovered his bin had not been emptied on Thursday and rang Blackburn with Darwen Council to find out why. The 43-year-old said the council told him his bin had been deemed contaminated after a cat food pouch, a plastic bag and the crisp bag were found on top of the rubbish pile. However Mr Kearney, who cares full-time for his disabled wife, Michelle, said the Iams cat food pouch and the plastic were labelled as recyclable. Mr Kearney said: “We’re a very environmentally concious family and I’m trying to teach my children about recycling and why it’s important. “They could have left a note on my bin with the crisp packet explaining this shouldn’t be recycled. Mr Kearney said other residents in Anchor Ave and Birch Hall Ave have had similar issues, with ‘contaminated’ stickers being slapped ...