More people in Cheltenham choose to re-use

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More people in Cheltenham choose to re-use

Recycling at an all time high during national ‘Recycle Week’

As national Recycle Week begins on Sunday 1 June, it’s clear that people in Cheltenham are recycling more than ever before. People are now using kerbside collection boxes, recycling banks and the council’s recycling centre to dispose of items in an environmentally friendly way. Impressive figures show that materials including cardboard, electrical equipment, glass and textiles are no longer being thrown to landfill but are being recycled instead.

Cardboard
In 2007/08, the recycling of cardboard was doubled from the previous year to 621.50 tonnes. 221.34 tonnes of this (36%) was collected at the council’s 15 cardboard recycling banks.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment
The council started accepting waste electrical and electronic equipment from the public at the recycling centre, Swindon Road, in November 2007 and collected 329.26 tonnes between November 07 and March 08.

Glass
In 2007/08 the council collected 67% more glass through the kerbside scheme than in 2006/07.

Textiles
58 tonnes of textiles were recycled through the recycling centre in 07/08, a 50% increase on the previous year.

Councillor Paul Massey, cabinet member for sustainability, said: “These latest figures are encouraging, because they show how much Cheltenham residents care for the environment. Sustainability is a top priority for the council, and increasing recycling in the borough is a major part of this."

Beth Boughton, acting operations manager, said: "Over the last year, the residents of Cheltenham have again proven that they are highly committed to recycling. This can be seen very clearly by the high tonnages of cardboard collected over the year, and the fantastic response to the waste electrical recycling scheme that we have introduced at the recycling centre.’’

Gloucestershire County Council is holding a recycling roadshow on the Promenade on Friday 6 June.

Posted : 31/05/2008 12:19:50

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