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Cotswold DC Plastics Recycling Trial
Cotswold District Council was recently commended nationally for its enviable recycling rates and does not intend to rest on its laurels. As part of a continued emphasis on improving waste services, driving down costs and improving efficiencies, CDC’s Cabinet will be considering a report on Thursday which sets out options to introduce new state-of-the-art recycling collection vehicles and, at the same time, begin kerbside plastic bottle recycling.
Currently, two collection vehicles must visit each property to recycle cans, glass, paper and cardboard. Instead, the Council is proposing to introduce a specially designed vehicle which will be able to accommodate all these requirements in one visit, delivering efficiency savings, as well as reducing mileage and the overall carbon footprint.
The vehicle will also enable door-to-door collection of used plastic bottles. With this in mind, Members will consider an option on Thursday to introduce kerbside plastic bottle recycling; this would be conducted on a vehicle trial basis initially but, if successful, CDC would be looking to save costs by withdrawing the 30 ‘bring banks’ currently serving the District.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment, Councillor Mark Tufnell said: "Following the significant changes to the waste service in 2008, CDC is now achieving the second highest recycling rates in the Country at almost 62%. We are delighted that Cotswold residents are showing such a commitment to recycling and we are keen to support this enthusiasm by continuing to improve the waste and recycling service wherever we can.
"Many residents have requested a kerbside plastic bottle recycling service and I hope the vehicle trials will satisfy that demand and increase our savings. The ‘bring’ sites capture less than one fifth of the plastic bottles in the waste stream and we estimate that the kerbside service could yield an additional 256 tonnes of plastics.
"Unfortunately, the cost to collect and recycle all types of plastics is still not an option, mainly because there is no viable market currently for these products, but the Council will reconsider this option in the future if technology in the waste industry develops and opens up this opportunity."
: 15/12/2009 16:40:14
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