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Richmond forges ahead with recycling plan

Council chiefs in Richmond, Surrey, are forging ahead with plans to boost the boroughs recycling rates. A new waste collection service, to include weekly collection of cardboard and plastic bottles, is set to be launched in November. The aim is to increase the boroughs recycling rate towards 40% and beyond, and improve efficiency. At a meeting of the Councils Cabinet on Monday September 3 approval will be sought for further, one-off funding of £222,850 in order to ensure a smooth transition to new arrangements. Cabinet member for environment Councillor Martin Elengorn said: The changes will lead to an increased recycling rate and a more efficient service, offering residents one of the most comprehensive source-separated doorstep collection services in the UK. For the first time there will be weekly doorstep collections for plastic bottles and cardboard as well as a same-day service for both recycling and refuse. The changes are crucial as recycling and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill will not only have great environmental benefits but avoid ever-increasing disposal costs. We are working closely with the contractor, Veolia, to deliver the new service effectively and seamlessly and the proposed extra funding will help us achieve this goal.

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