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Bring banks help local council to double its recycling rates

The volume of paper and card collected by Smurfit Kappa Recycling from bring banks in South Derbyshire has reached record levels and helped the council to double its recycling rate in the past four years.

In 2003, South Derbyshires residents were recycling 17.49% but recent Government figures show that this has increased to 36.5%. South Derbyshire District Council believes that this is due to the expansion of its kerbside collection scheme and its bring bank infrastructure.
The authority hopes to reach its Government recycling target of 40% by 2010.

According to Smurfit Kappa Recycling, mixed paper material collected through bring containers rose from 160 tonnes in 2003/04 to 964 tonnes in 2007/08. Tonnages of paper collected through its kerbside schemes went from 1,533 tonnes in 2003/04 to 2,719 in 2007/08/

South Derbyshire District Council waste management officer Lorraine Neave said: Our residents have responded extremely well to the recycling challenge, taking advantage of all the services weve made available. Our policy is to ensure that they are offered a choice of recycling services and bring banks play an important role in that.


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