Cotswolds Recycling rate hits 50%

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Cotswolds Recycling rate hits 50%

Residents in the Cotswolds are now recycling more than half their waste, the District Council revealed today.

Figures for the first three months of 2007-08 show recycling rates have broken through the 50% barrier for the first time, Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe told today’s Cabinet Meeting.

Cllr Stowe said: "I am delighted to announce that recycling rates have shot up to 51.5% over April, May and June, thanks to the combined efforts of residents and the Council.

"Although recycling rates tend to be higher in the Spring, this is five per cent up on the same period last year and shows that the message that we must all reduce, reuse and recycle more has struck a chord with our communities.

"The Council is doing everything it can to make it easier for people to do their bit for the environment by increasing the number of recycling banks and the types of materials that can be recycled.

"But we must not rest on our laurels. We can all do more to cut the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites.”

The Council offers a fortnightly kerbside collection of glass, cans, paper and garden waste. In addition, cardboard, plastic bottles, foil and textiles can be taken to recycling bank sites around the District and bulky items to Household Recycling Centres.

A redesign of the Council's waste collection service, which is set to deliver even more opportunities to recycle, is in the pipeline.

Cllr Stowe added: "Today's good news shows that our aspiration of reaching a 70% recycling rate by 2010-11 can be achieved. I'd like to thank everyone who is making the effort to recycle and encourage those who aren’t to make a start. We need to work together to make a difference.”

To help push recycling rates even higher, the Cabinet today agreed to spend £25,764 on dozens of new recycling banks for the District.

The new facilities include:

Recycling banks for paper, glass, cans and plastic bottles at the Watermark development at the Cotswold Water Park, near South Cerney
Recycling banks for paper, glass, cans and plastic bottles at the Waitrose Car Park, Cirencester
Large new plastic bottle banks at four other sites in the District

Today's decision means there will be 29 plastic bottle banks in the Cotswolds, with most residents living within just a few miles of their nearest facility.

Cllr Stowe said: "The kerbside collection of plastic bottles is not economically viable in the Cotswolds but we do want to make it easier for residents to recycle. We are therefore introducing plastic bottle banks at sites where there are currently gaps in our coverage."

The plastic recycling banks in the Cotswolds are for plastic bottles only, which residents are urged to wash and squash first.

There are currently two cardboard recycling banks in the Cotswold District – at the Old Station Car Park, Cirencester, and the Maugersbury Road Car Park, Stow-on-the-Wold. The Council is also planning to increase the number of cardboard banks and introduce new recycling banks for drinks cartons in the near future.

Posted : 19/07/2007 18:24:39

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