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Island aims to boost recycling with trolley box scheme

A Welsh authority is to deliver trolley boxes to more households in a bid to boost recycling figures.

Anglesey County Council originally distributed 7,000 boxes in October as part of a trial to coincide with the launch of a new recycling service.

The trial will be extended in February to nearly 2,000 homes on Holy Island, following funding from the Welsh Government.

Early data collected shows that trolley boxes are helping to boost recycling in the areas where they have already been introduced, the council said.

If the trial proves to be a success, it could help to secure more grants to extend the service to other parts of the island.

Principal waste management officer Meirion Edwards said: “Our priority is to increase recycling on Anglesey to meet strict Welsh Government targets and avoid heavy fines.

“Anglesey residents currently recycle 59.5% of their waste and we must reach 64% by 2019. We believe that the introduction of trolley boxes can help us achieve this.

“Feedback so far suggests residents find the trolley box unit more convenient than separate recycling boxes, and their introduction has also helped to boost recycling levels in areas which have traditionally been poor.

“We have recently worked with our recycling contractor Biffa to identify a diverse sample area for our trial in and around Holyhead.”

Pilot schemes will take place in areas with low recycling figures such as large housing estates, where elderly or disabled residents are dependent on assisted collections and rural properties with long drives.

Waste management portfolio holder John Arwel Roberts said: “Since the launch of our recycling service in October, we have also seen recycling levels go up significantly and residual, or black bin, waste has gone down.”

The first trial area included parts of the Island’s larger towns – Amlwch, Llangefni, Benllech, Beaumaris, Menai Bridge – and villages including Newborough, Llangaffo, Gwalchmai, Penmon, Dwyran, Pentraeth, Llanfaes, Llangoed, RAF Valley, Caergeiliog and Benllech.

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