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A small council in Northern Ireland dramatically increases its recycling rate

A small council in Northern Ireland has seen a staggering 76% increase in its kerbside recycling rate by introducing a two-box collection service. Carrickfergus Borough Council has seen recycling rates soar since introducing the scheme in April. Each resident is provided with one 55-litre red box, which takes card and cardboard, and one 55-litre black box which takes all other dry recyclable materials. Social enterprise contractor Bryson Recycling has worked with the council to help implement the system. Promotions and marketing manager Claire McCallum said: All households received information leaflets explaining the new service, and our canvassing team visited every house in the Borough and spoke to 50% of residents. Positive local press coverage was maintained before, during and after the rollout, and we responded to any negative stories about the introduction of the service changes. Volumes of recyclable materials have increased from 8.2 kg per household before the service change to an average of 14.2 kg per household between May and July. Council cleansing operations officer Jean Stewart said: We have always been committed to kerbside sort recycling as we believe that this results in better recycling outcomes, and it is gratifying to see our approach doing so well. Image: From left to right, Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling and David Hilditch MLA, Mayor of Carrickfergus

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