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London claims first at recycling street rubbish

Litter that has been collected on the streets of the City of London is now being recycled.

The Square Mile's 100 street cleaners are using new double barrows to separate waste for recycling. This includes materials including plastic bottles and paper that they collect on the streets.

Corporation of London recycling officer Caroline Telford said: "The City is widely recognised as having clean streets, and we are now working hard to ensure we recycle as much of the waste we collect as possible.

"We are continually looking for more ways to recycle the City's waste, to ensure the City of London remains a clean, pleasant and healthy place in which to live, work and visit."

The Corporation believes it is the first place in the UK to recycle litter collected during the night. Currently, 30% of night litter collections is recycled, which amounts to nearly three tonnes of recycling a wekk.

It is also investigated the possibility of recycling grit and small stones collected by mechanical street sweeping vehicles, to be reused as sand and aggregates. It expects that trials of this will begin in the autumn.

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