Cornwall Council given £1.56 Million to help recycle

The Government has awarded Cornwall Council £1.56 million that will enable the council to collected mixed plastics as part of the kerb-side recycling collection. This is great news, as from April (estimated start date) 2013 all plastics apart from Tetra packs can now be recycled.

It is estimated implementation of this will result in an extra 9000 tonnes of recycling collected. Furthermore, it not only that kerb-side that will see an improvement, as the HWRC (dumps) will be able to take more items that can be better recycled.

Sadly Tetra packs will not be included, as it is not cost-effective to do so, especially as those packs have to be shipped to Sweden to be recycled!

2 comments

  • Gill Martin

    I think they should alter the containers used for recycling and have one wheelie bin for all recycling products. Having recently moved, I have noticed that out of a group of 8 neighbours, only one other neighbour puts out any recycling in addition to myself, this I believe is because there is absolutely no storage space within the properties to store 3 bags plus a blue box and it is not practice to leave them permenantly outside as they will blue away when empty despite being weighted, also the contents gain weight when wet. In addition to this, elderly people cannot carry the blue box, particularly when the recycling collectors are asking us to put the bags/boxes at the end of the road where it joins the next road. If the council seriously want to increase the recycling rate then they need to look again at collection methods.

  • Gill Martin

    I think they should alter the containers used for recycling and have one wheelie bin for all recycling products. Having recently moved, I have noticed that out of a group of 8 neighbours, only one other neighbour puts out any recycling in addition to myself, this I believe is because there is absolutely no storage space within the properties to store 3 bags plus a blue box and it is not practice to leave them permenantly outside as they will blue away when empty despite being weighted, also the contents gain weight when wet. In addition to this, elderly people cannot carry the blue box, particularly when the recycling collectors are asking us to put the bags/boxes at the end of the road where it joins the next road. If the council seriously want to increase the recycling rate then they need to look again at collection methods.

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