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Bin lid offers the blind a new route into recycling

Blind people have moved a step nearer to recycling independence with the first bin lid for the visually impaired being given to more than 60,000 people from this month.

Derbyshire Dales District Council is distributing the MGB Waste Systems product to 90% of its 69,700 residents.

The lid has the size of the bin printed in Braille on the top and two deep notches on each side of its leading edge.

The council is replacing its black sack collection scheme with two wheeled bins per household - one for general refuse and one for green waste.

The lids will be fitted to all the green waste bins, meaning that the general waste bins will be easily differentiated by virtue of having no Braille or notches on the lid.

Waste management and recycling officer Keith Hollinshead said: "During our consultations with local groups, it became apparent that the new twin bin system could be confusing for the blind and visually impaired.

"We wanted to make the system accessible to all residents so we asked MGB to come up with a solution. We are very pleased with their idea."

MGB business manager Ian Bellamy said: "Blind and visually impaired people make up a significant proportion of the UK population and their ability to contribute to recycling schemes is extremely important."

Derbyshire Association for the Blind chief executive Pat Taylor added: "The lids will give blind and visually impaired people independence by enabling them to take part in recycling schemes without having to ask others for help."

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