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Call for councils to save money and recycle wheelie bins

Local authorities could save £1 million if they recycle their wheeled bins instead of throwing them in landfill, according to plastic recycling firm Luxus.

The Lincolnshire-based firm pays local authorities money for the wheeled bins it receives from them and has a contract with 30 local authorities across the country.

Purchasing manager Malcolm Odlin said that if all councils in the country signed up to a similar scheme he estimated they could save £1 million benefits from the revenue they receive and the savings on landfill costs.

He said that many local authorities were still sending wheelie bins to landfill and losing money because it was easy to send a damaged bin back into the bin wagon.

Luxus has run a nationwide Bin2Bin scheme for many years and recently changed its service to offer councils payment by weight for used bins and the provision of a processing report that can be used to claim landfill tax credits.

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