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Government consults on good practice for public area recycling

Recycling provisions in public places received a boost today in the form of a public consultation paper to encourage good practice, launched today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The paper is mainly concerned with how litter is collected for disposal or recycling in places to which the public have access. Defra wants to build on enthusiasm for recycling in the home and see it extend to public places such as beaches, parks and shopping centres. Proposals include a voluntary code of practice and a good practice guide, which will develop commitments made in the Waste Strategy for England 2007 and stimulate a new wave of public place recycling from 2008. To make this happen, guidance for managers of public places will be available. This guidance, issued in association with Encams and Recycle Now, promotes joined-up, consistent recycling initiatives that the public will recognise and will be more likely to take part in. It also recommends symbols and colours for bins, which have been developed by Recycle Now. The Government said it recognises that many organisations want to offer recycling facilities but do not know how to start or who to ask for advice. Contributing to the overall recycling effort as opposed to competing with other recyclers was another issue raised. The Government seeks views on the consultation papers proposed voluntary code of practice and the associated good practice guide. The consultation ends on November 2 2007, then responses will be made available. The Guide in summary: To promote recycling alongside the correct disposal of non-recyclable waste To adopt common national standards on recycle bins (the Recycle Now branding, colour schemes and symbols) to reinforce public recognition and help to familiarise good recycling behaviour To maintain the bins and signage To reuse, recycle or compost the materials collected

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