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Norfolk switches to commingled collections

Norfolk is to launch a new commingled kerbside recycling service in October.

The Norfolk Waste Partnership (NWP) said that the new service will extend collections to items such as glass bottles and jars, pots, tubs and trays and cartons.

Materials will be taken to the NEWS materials recycling facility at Costessy by the contractors currently collecting waste from the seven councils of the NWP.

NWP said that it expects the new service to increase recycling by between 5% and 10%.

Councillor John Fisher, chair at the NWP, said: “All the districts, along with Norfolk County Council, have worked together to negotiate a new contract which means that materials that people have wanted to be able to recycle for some time, can now be recycled using the kerbside collection service.

“With the new contract in place, investment has been made in the processing facility and the new technology used means that many more items can now be processed for recycling.”

Dave Newell, operations director at NEWS, said : “This new service represents a massive change for the majority of our residents.  Only residents in Norwich had a glass collection previously, but even for them, being able to put glass bottles and jars in the same bin will make recycling so much easier.  The upgraded and extended facility has improved technology for sorting and processing the waste.”

The Costessy site has been extended in size by around a third with the addition of equipment to sort plastic and glass materials.

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