Separate collections do not mean tens of bins. Fiona McKilligan, assistant director at Bryson Recycling, is adamant about this.
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The company collects around 60,000 tonnes of materials across NI. Its flagship service comprises a three-stack wheelie box manufactured by Straight, which allows the collection of 11 recyclates.
The upper box collects paper, foil, textiles, batteries and hand tools. The middle one collects food and drink cans, aerosols, cartons and plastics. The bottom box is used for glass bottles and jars, and cardboard.
“We designed it based on customers’ feedback,” she says. “People were asking for robust handles, containers on wheels and more capacity. It does not take up more room for the householder and makes it a lot easier to bring out to the kerbside.”
The containers are unloaded by crews into a multi-part vehicle designed by Irish company Romaquip. “It was really to make the kerbside sort more user-friendly, and it seems to have worked,” says McKilligan.
A WRAP report following a pilot project in Newtownabbey Borough Council, where 4,000 properties were asked to use the wheelie box, concluded that recycling tonnages had increased by 30%, participation by 16% and residual waste declined by 20%.
“We didn’t anticipate such significant results, especially the drop in residual waste,” says McKilligan.