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Massive increases in recycling as new service is launched

Recycling rates in the north of Sheffield have rocketed with the introduction of a collection system which has seen 266 tonnes of recyclables picked up in the first two weeks.

The scheme, with cardboard and paper collected in blue boxes and plastic bottles, cans and glass in blue wheelie bins, was rolled out to north Sheffield in the first wave and is expected to be operational across the entire city by the end of November.

The recyclables are collected on a fortnightly basis, an increase on the previous system of monthly recycling collections. Black bin collections of general waste continue to be weekly.

A spokesman from Sheffield City Council told MRW: “The new recycling system was brought into meet the growing demand from residents to be able to recycle more materials from their doorsteps.”

Council leader Paul Scriven said: “Local people told us they wanted to recycle more, so that is exactly what we have delivered.”

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