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Basildon looks to tackle an extra 865 tonnes of glass

An initiative involving Remade East could ensure that an extra 865 tonnes of waste glass is recycled rather than sent to landfill in Basildon each year.

The organisation which works to encourage and develop markets for recycling materials is funding a fleet of 1,100 litre wheelie bins for a new bottle recycling scheme launched by Basildon Green Business Forum (BGBF) which is a partnership between the local council and businesses.

Targeting 50 clubs and pubs in the area, the Remade scheme found this proposal appealing as approximately 600,000 tonnes of glass bottles are thrown out from UK pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants, cafes and other licensed retail establishments each year. Around 90% of this then ends up in landfill sites.

Remade East chairman councillor Roger Walters said: Helping businesses to save money through reduced waste and improved recycling opportunities is at the very heart of Remade East.

Our small business development scheme is specifically targeted at initiatives to divert waste from landfill and create a more efficient recycling supply chain.

The distributed bins will be distinguishable by their maroon lids. This will send a clear message to other people that the business concerned is recycling its glass waste, with BGBF leader Keith Smith stressing the importance of this.

He said: There is now no excuse for glass bottles to go to landfill. Glass recycling conserves the environment and saves money for the business that is doing the recycling.

 

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