Recycling plastic pots and tubs in Cornwall
Back in 2016 Cornwall Council tested the impact of adding plastic pots, tubs and trays to the existing kerbside recycling service. The trial included 46,000 properties, which I am pleased to say Porthleven was part of. From this trail, the results were very positive and because of this Cabinet, supported by all Members voted to extend the service across the whole of Cornwall in a phased approach during 2017.
It has to be phased because this is a major service change that will affect all aspects of the collection. It is essential in this roll-out to maintain a high level of customer service and have enough time to deliver more recycling equipment, and collect additional items. Therefore, the Council will be phasing the new service in five areas.
The first collections will begin in April and the Council hope to have the final area on board by end of year, depending on any issues that may arise. For those residents who are already in the trail, nothing changes. The initial plan to extend the service and commence collections in partnership with the Council waste contractor Biffa in the most practical order for them, and goes like this;
April – Continue collecting in the area used in the trial (half of what was Carrick and Kerrier districts) and start collecting in the other half of that area which includes Falmouth, the Lizard peninsular, Camborne, Redruth, St Agnes, Perranporth, Tregony and Truro.
Phase 2 – Central area 2 including Newquay, St Austell, Mevagissey, Lostwithiel, St Columb, the China Clay area and Fowey.
Phase 3 – East area 2 including Liskeard, St Cleer, Looe, Torpoint, Saltash and Callington,
Phase 4 – East area 1 including Bude, Launceston, Bodmin, Wadebridge, Padstow, Camelford, Delabole.
Phase 5 – West area 1 including Penzance, Hayle, St Ives, St Just.
The Council will send a leaflet out to every household to let them know when they can begin to use the service a few weeks before the service begins enabling them to order more recycling equipment if they need to. The Council will then send a second leaflet just before the service starts to remind residents that the service is beginning and how to order containers.
Plastic pots tubs and trays will be collected on the same day as the current recycling collection in the same bag as the one used already for plastic bottles, tins and cans.
It is important to know what can they recycle as part of the new service? Please remember to rinse and squash any dirty plastic pots, tubs and trays before recycling them.
|Yes please||No thank you|
|Plastic margarine tubs||Plastic bags e.g. carrier bags, sandwich bags|
|Plastic ice cream tubs||Plastic film e.g. Cling film|
|Plastic yoghurt pots||Plastic oil or pesticide containers|
|Plastic biscuit and cake trays/box inserts||Black plastic trays, pots and tubs|
|Plastic meat trays||Expanded polystyrene (burger boxes)|
|Plastic fruit and vegetable trays||Any plastic containers larger than three litres|
|Plastic moulded fruit containers||Pet food pouches|
|Plastic fresh soup pots||Film lids from pots, tubs and trays|
|Plastic sweet/biscuit boxes||Crisp/sweet packets|
|Plastic cream pots and tubs||Rigid plastics e.g. toys, furniture, ‘Tupperware’|
|Plastic salad bowl/pot|
|Plastic premade sandwich packet|
|Plastic lids from containers and bottles (excluding film lids)|
Why are we not collecting any of the other plastic? To make the collection of these items as cost effective as possible, we have to have the ability to sell the material that we collect for recycling. Sadly the Council cannot recycle films, polystyrene, black plastic or ridged plastic at this time.
A question I am often asked is why can we not take black plastics? These plastics are predominantly sorted with lasers that can identify the different types of plastic. The lasers cannot “see” the black plastic and it ends up in the reject pile at the end of the process and is not recycled.
If anybody doesn’t have any recycling equipment then this is the opportunity for them to order it. For everyone else we hope they can use their current bag for recycling pots, tubs and trays. However, the Council have factored in time to be able to order additional containers before the service starts.
Containers can be ordered either over the phone, or order recycling containers online