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Chinese pick up strategy tips from Cumbria visit

Cumbria has hosted a Chinese delegation, which visited the county to learn about its rural waste management strategy. Officials from the Peoples Government of Suhzou City of Science and Technology Bureau toured the county and met councillors and waste management team members. Delegates were shown how Resource Cumbria, the countys waste partnership formed of six district councils, separates household waste at the kerbside as well as providing bring banks in strategic places. Visitors were shown the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Flusco and a bring site in operation at Plumpton. Council head of waste management Graham Harrison said: They wanted to learn from the UK - its a different system over there, they empty their bins every day. And theres commercial mixed in with it. The Chinese group will also visit Manchester to view its waste management methods. While there will not be a reciprocal visit by Resource Cumbria to Suhzou, schools from the two areas are planning a virtual exchange via the internet to share information about the environment. County council cabinet member responsible for environment and waste management Ian Stewart said: We have a good story to tell about how we are tackling waste in Cumbria. We have doubled our recycling rates in recent years and we are seeing people producing less and less waste per person. We are also making good progress towards a deal with our preferred waste bidder, Shanks that should virtually put an end to the use of unsustainable landfill. Image: The Chinese delegates with their Cumbrian County Council hosts

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