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First ever tactile recycling sacks for the blind

A new range of recycling sacks designed to help the blind and partially sighted have been developed by Cory Environmental and Southend Borough Council. Residents in Southend will be able to use the sacks to sort out their recyclables and residual waste. The idea came about when Jill Allen-King, a member of the National Federation of the Blind, contacted Southend Borough Council to explain the difficulty that blind residents have in distinguishing the sacks. Sacks are distinctively coloured and made from a textured material to make it easy to identify. Cory Environmental director Paul Redman said: The idea behind the tactile sacks is very simple but effective and we are really pleased with the end result. The new sacks will help make household recycling more accessible to residents who would otherwise have real difficulty sorting their waste for collection. The new scheme is the first of its kind to be launched in the UK and has been met with much enthusiasm from the blind community of Southend. The Southend branch of the National Federation of the Blind has been awarded the Presidents Cup for its efforts in making the lives of blind residents easier. Image: (left to right) Imran Kazalbash, Waste Management Officer, Southend on Sea Borough Council; Jill Allen-King MBE, Southend Branch of the National Federation of the Blind of the UK and Paul Redman, Director, Cory Environmental Municipal Services.

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