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Recycling help for the visually impaired

With help from the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), Plastic Omnium has developed a bin that will help visually impaired householders segregate and recycle waste.

A waste and recycling scheme was introduced by the company last June with options considered for making facilities accessible for disabled people.

Plastic Omnium sales manager Peter McCann said: “The RNIB told us that only a few of those registered disabled are actually blind and even fewer read Braille. Besides, who wants to have to run their hands all over a bin every time they empty out their rubbish? So we chose different coloured and shaped lids as well as Braille to ensure we responded to every type of visual impairment.

“Blackpool Council is the only local authority we know of to recognise the very specific needs of some of its residents- it’s a real breakthrough for a local authority to take this responsibility on and we’re confident these new bins will help them as they continue improving their recycling rate.”

The bins will enable people of all levels of visual impairment to recycle, with colours associated with different types of waste- black for residual, green for garden and blue for cans and plastic waste.

RNIB officer Sibonne Webster said: “We feel the system is a simple and positive way of improving access for blind and partially sighted people and it is very encouraging that these steps have been taken.”

Recycling performance is continuing to improve in Blackpool, and with support from Onyx (now known as Veolia Waste Systems), approximately 8,000 bins are collected and emptied on a daily basis.

Blackpool Council head of streetscene Paul Taylor said: “The speed at which the new system has been implemented has been fantastic. More than 40,000 households are now on the scheme, so you can imagine the complexity of the implementation programme for Plastic Omnium and Onyx.

“It’s gone relatively smoothly, however, and our recycling rates are continuing to rise as a result of this programme of segregation.”

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