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Councils demand wheelie bin recycling services

A wheelie bin recycler is set to double its throughput over the coming year because of a surge in demand from local authorities.

Bradford-based plastics recycler Oak Environmental Services started collecting wheelie bins for recycling in April 2007. It collects from about 26 local authorities and their waste management contractors.

Operations director Chris Kellett said: Local authorities have come to us experiencing real difficulties in getting their end-of-life wheelie bins recycled.

I think the number of wheelie bins in circulation in England is somewhere between 30 and 40 million.

We take about 1500 bins to recycle per week and by the end of the year we hope to double that.

Bins are washed, de-wheeled and granulated. They are then turned into new wheelie bins or underwater drainage pipes.

Kellett said that there appeared to be a gap in the market in wheelie bin recyclers and said two local authorities have recently approached him who were upgrading their 140-litre bins to 240-litre bins and had to get rid of 70,000 bins.

Kellett has found from research he has done that the average turnover for end of life wheelie bins is about 5,000 bins each year for local authorities.

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