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Kerbside glass collection vow

Post Time:Mar 23,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:228

RECYCLING in Plymouth is set to take a big step forward with plans for a citywide glass collection scheme.

 

The council's Cabinet, which meets next Tuesday, is being asked to agree the next steps for a scheme which wis ll see waste glass collected in the same containers as household recycling.

 

From April 2014 the glass will be sorted through a new materials recycling facility (MRF).

 

Plans are already under way to introduce a pilot glass collection scheme this autumn to 15,000 homes.

 

The pilot will enable the council to identify and iron out any potential issues before the city-wide collection roll-out.

 

The present MRF at Chelson Meadow uses a variety of methods, including magnets to remove metals and air to sort plastics. Newspapers and cans are also separated and baled for onward recycling. It cannot handle glass.

 

The Cabinet will be told next week: "The existing MRF being 11 years old is beyond its economic design life and will require renewal in the near future."

 

Cllr Mike Leaves, the city's Cabinet member for community services, said: "We are constantly looking to improve the recycling services we offer people and are committed to providing a kerbside glass recycling collection across the city.

 

"We are also committed to ensuring the city does all it can to look after its environment for the next generation, to be more sustainable.

 

"We want to enable our residents to recycle as much as possible to reduce the amount of waste we have to deal with.

 

"A lot of work goes on in the background ahead of launching such a service change.

 

"We have talked to the specialist market to help us understand what future MRF arrangements are available as well as what solutions might offer the best value for money.

 

"It is an extremely complicated piece of work with a variety of options still on the table."

 

No decision has been made about where the put the new recycling centre. This will be made in Spring 2013 following a procurement process.

 

The council has an ongoing package of improvements designed to increase the amount of recycling that goes on in the city.

 

An extra 20,000 homes are getting garden waste bags delivered so that grass cuttings and other waste can be collected for composting or recycling rather than landfill.

 

The initiatives are in line with the council's recycling improvement proposals made to Defra in 2011, which helped the South West Devon Waste Partnership secure a Government grant worth £177 million towards the Plymouth incinerator.

Source: www.waste-management-world.comAuthor: shangyi

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