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York exceeds recycling rate

York has exceeded its statutory recycling target for 2003/4 by 3.4%, recycling and composting 15.4 % of household waste.

The City of York Councils recycling team is hoping to continue this success by rolling out the citys kerbside collection service to an extra 9,600 homes this month.

That means 83% of the city or 67,690 homes will have access to fortnightly collections. Kerbside recycling collections use a box for all glass jars and bottles and food and drink cans, and a reusable bag for newspapers, magazines, junk mail, catalogues, brochures and white paper.

However, some of the homes mainly terraced properties in the new roll out area will receive only a paper service because of concerns that boxes will obstruct the pavements on collection days. In the meantime the recycling team will look for suitable locations for minirecycling sites for other recyclables.

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