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Dacorum launches glass colour seperation scheme

Colour-separation of glass at kerbside has been launched by Dacorum Borough Council in Hertfordshire.

The council wants to maximise the environmental benefits of its recycling operations and offer its residents the best value.

Dacorum councillor Herbert Chapman said: “Glass is one of the few materials that offer cradle to cradle opportunities and we are determined to make the best use of the glass our residents recycle. We currently separate all our materials at the kerbside, so adding three colours of glass is much more responsible than collecting it mixed.”

Dacorum’s glass is bought by glass recycling company O-I for use in its Harlow glass plant. Introduction to the new scheme was aided with bottle-shaped leaflets hung on residents’ wheelie bins.

O-I recycling development manager Jim Powell said: “There is pressure on councils simply to raise tonnages regardless of the marketability of material collected. This great move from Dacorum recognises that recycling is about creating a sustainable future, not just about short term collection targets. The combination of keeping glass colour-separated and demonstrating how this is used locally to make new bottles and jars is by far the best way to generate strong residential participation in the scheme.”

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