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Glass processors geared up for christmas

What may appear to be the most manic time of the year for the recycling industry should be taken in the stride of all those involved with processing glass waste.

Leading environmental charity Waste Watch has suggested that the UK could produce an extra 750 million tonnes of bottles and glass containers at this time of year.

While this may sound like a huge amount to deal with, British Glass recycling manager Rebecca Cocking suggests that the infrastructure is in place to absorb this extra volume quite easily.

She said: Most collection companies put in extra drivers over Christmas and many local authorities are encouraged where possible to stagger when residents take waste to bring sites.

They should also have kerbside provisions in place that allows collections to continue smoothly. This is also the case for streams such as paper and cardboard.

Due to excess over yuletide, the issue is obviously an annual one, which means companies gear up for this time of year.

Bring sites fill up quickly during Christmas and the public should be encouraged to return at a different time if it is full rather than leave the bottles.

One problem has been waste management companies or local authorities taking holidays, but processors will generally send out collectors when requested, with operatives working bank holidays to deal with it, added Cocking.

But with the process of recycling the glass ongoing 365 days a year, large companies such as Berryman Glass have no problem with absorbing these extra amounts.

The only possible issue would be storage, with the companies having to keep waste possibly into the new year until it can get on top of the backlog of materials.

But with Cocking suggesting that the major processors have plenty of available space, it seems that the British public can drink as much bottled spirits they like during Christmas without worrying about it submerging our major processors. 

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