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Local authority doubles recycling rates with new commingled collection system

A newly introduced commingled waste collection system has caused recycling rates to more than double since May, the councils implementing the scheme have claimed.

Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council jointly launched a single bin system, which replaced a blue box and bag for paper, glass and tins, will also allow residents to collect plastic bottles for the first time. The new bins include an inner-box for newspapers and magazines, while card, tins, plastic bottles and mixed glass are collected in the main bin.

The bins are being used by almost 79,000 households across the council areas, and have been linked with a reported 105% increase in the amount of material being presented for recycling, rising from 16% to 32% for dry recyclables.

The joint council contract, which has been procured from HW Martin, is expected to save the authorities £400,000 a year.

Bolsover council cabinet member for the environment Cllr Dennis Kelly said: “A large percentage of household waste is made up of plastic bottles and our residents have been asking for a facility to recycle them at home.

“We are extremely pleased with how the bin has been received by residents and the first few months’ figures show how popular the bin is. The new bin is a great improvement. It allows residents to recycle more, help keep all their recycling in one place, keeps the recycling materials dry and above all, is helping us to drastically reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.”

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