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Recycling officer creates tailor-made solution for flat recycling - COMMENT UPDATE

The borough of Telford and Wrekin is trialling the use of a series of tailor-made steel cabinets that house kerbside recycling boxes, on about 300 properties.

The recycling units

Boxes are held on shelves behind locked doors with letter box style openings where residents can drop in their recyclables. Each unit houses six kerbside boxes: two each for cans, paper and glass. In addition the flats have large wheeled
Eurobins for the collection of cardboard.

The system was devised by recycling officer Penny Brasenell, as the council’s kerbside collection contract didn’t allow for wheelie bin collections of recyclables and flat residents wanted recycling facilities.

Along with awareness days and leaflets explaining the new scheme, households received jute bags to store and carry their recyclables to the units.

Brasenell said: “The scheme has been received very positively, the crews are happy with the method and the boxes are always full.”

She said it had been quite costly to implement as the units were specially made by local firm Nobridge Nurseries. But the council had kept costs down as landowners The Wrekin Trust built the areas to house the units, and collections from the flats had been incorporated with normal domestic kerbside collection rounds.


30/06/06: Yet another example showing that people are willing to source separate their recyclates. Why are local authorities spending so much on MRFs when people are clearly happy to do the materials sorting for them?
Posted by Phil Hurst

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