Cotswolds District Council has expanded its recycling facilities to take in cardboard and to encourage residents to recycle more of their rubbish. The new facilities will be based at Tesco stores at Tetbury, Kingsmeadow, Cirencester and South Cerney. Portfolio holder for the environment Councillor Mark Turnell said: Cotswold District Council is committed to increasing recycling opportunities for residents, so I am delighted that we have been able to introduce these new cardboard recycling banks. We are already top of the recycling league for Gloucestershire and recently hit the 50% recycling rate for the first time thanks to the efforts of our residents. But we must build on that success by offering even more recycling opportunities in order to reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill. The council recently approved funding for dozens of new recycling banks for paper, glass, cans and plastic bottles throughout the District. Its officers are also working on plans for a new waste and recycling service, which may be introduced next spring. By April 2010, the new service will aim to give all households the chance to compost and recycle 70% of their waste. The authority is investigating the possibility of increasing the range of materials that can be recycled at kerbside, including kitchen waste and cardboard. Image: Council Chairman Cllr Sheila Jeffrey with one of the new carton recycling banks.