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Council to end glass collection

Post Time:Apr 01,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:372

BARKING and Dagenham Council is to end its seperate doorstep collection of glass in a bid to save money.

Glass can still be recycled, but after April 20 residents should put it in their grey wheelie bins instead of their blue box.

Glass debris is then sorted out from the rest of the materials when it gets to the Frog Island refuse plant - allowing it to be recycled.

The council said separate collections of glass result in a high quality of recycling, which can then be turned back into glass, however, it is an expensive collection process, which the authority is not able to continue.

A lower quality of recycling is obtained by putting it in with normal waste and separating later, however it can be used for things like road surfaces, and is not sent to landfill.

Glass can also be taken to bottle banks around the borough, or to Frizlands Reuse and Recycling Centre in Rainham Road North, Dagenham.

Another change will see a new afternoon shift being created for refuse crews to save money and be more efficient.

Councillor Mick McCarthy, cabinet member for environment, said: “Because of the high cost of continuing the blue box collections, we have decided to bring them to an end. The facilities at Frog Island will still allow us to recycle glass - it just won’t be as high quality as the materials we were getting previously.

“I’d like to thank residents for taking part in the blue box scheme. Their efforts were not wasted, because we collected around 1,000 tonnes of glass a year.

“We’d like people to keep their blue boxes if they have a use for them. They make good boxes for storage or even growing vegetables. However, if you want us to collect them just put them out with your wheelie bin in April.”

Source: http://www.yellowad.co.ukAuthor: shangyi

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