Plastics recycling up 35%
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The amount of plastic being recycled by South Gloucestershire homes has surged by more than a third since new collection services were introduced at the end of March.
Figures reported to the council’s Waste Management Forum show that the total amount of plastic recycled by South Gloucestershire homes in April and May 2014 reached 374 tonnes – 35 per cent more than the 276 tonnes collected in April/May 2013.
The increase follows the expansion of kerbside plastic recycling services to include plastic pots, tubs, punnets and meat trays, as part of council measures to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Welcoming the figures, chair of the council’s Communities Committee Cllr Claire Young said: “We are already lucky to have one of the best recycling rates among all local authorities and the extended plastics service is building on this success by giving residents new opportunities to recycle
“That’s good news for the many residents who tell us they want to be able to recycle more. And it’s also good for the environment and for South Gloucestershire as a whole, because it reduces the amount we pay in landfill tax.
“It’s fantastic to have such a positive response to the new service and I hope we’ll see our recycling rates continue to rise in the coming months.”
As part of the measures introduced in March, kerbside recycling was also extended to include Tetrapak style drinks cartons and small electrical items such as toasters and kettles.
Black plastic cannot be recycled at present as it cannot be detected by waste processing machinery.
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