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New mixed plastics recycling on trial in Bristol

A new doorstep collection trial for mixed plastics which aims to collect as much as 774 tonnes in a year has started in Bristol.


The trial scheme is being run by Bristol City Council in conjunction with its waste contractor SITA, and will initially target around 17,500 homes across the city.

Residents have been provided with a specially designed waterproof sack for them to put the plastics in, which they can put out at the kerbside every week on the same day as their usual recycling collection.


As part of the trial scheme, the following items can be recycled:

  • All plastic bottles and their lids
  • Food containers
  • Butter and margarine tubs
  • Fruit punnets
  • Yoghurt tubs

Hard plastics, clingfilm and cellophane cannot be recycled as part of the scheme.


SITA will be providing three additional collection vehicles to deal with the plastics recycling trial, one of which is a specially designed double-decker vehicle, the first of its kind to be used in Bristol. A council spokesman explained that SITA will be covering the trial using its existing resources.


The trial is expected to continue until autumn 2011 when Bristol council is due to start a new waste contract. A spokesman said: We would hope to be able to find a way to roll this out city-wide under the new waste contract, if it is a success.


Residents not taking part in the kerbside trial will also be able to recycle mixed plastics because the councils 50 recycling sites are now able to take the same range of mixed plastics.

The spokesman said: There should be a plastics recycling facility within less than a mile of every home, even if people are not included in the kerbside trial.

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