Recycling Even More

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Recycling Even More in south Sefton

Thousands of households in south Sefton will soon be able to recycle plastic and cardboard from their doorstep.   Households which currently have a weekly household waste collection will receive re-usable brown and white woven sacks for their plastic bottles and cardboard.   The sacks, being delivered from next week (June 10), have letters in them giving detailed information about what types of plastic and cardboard can be recycled. The letters also inform residents that the new recycling service will take place on the same day as their current refuse/recycling collections.   It is hoped that collecting these additional materials will improve recycling in areas where it tends to be lower. Currently Sefton’s borough-wide recycling rate stands at 40.8%.

Funding for the new scheme is taken from Government money and comes ahead of Sefton’s statutory obligation to introduce plastics and cardboard recycling across the borough by 2015.   The funding is allocated specifically to support areas currently on a weekly household waste collection.   Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Environment, said: “The introduction of plastics and cardboard recycling is excellent news for residents in south Sefton.   “The money awarded requires Sefton to commit to the retention of weekly refuse collections for specific households for at least 5 years and directly funds the introduction of a weekly collection of plastic and cardboard for recycling.   “Sefton’s recycling figures are currently one of the best on Merseyside and this scheme will only enhance and improve them.   “Hopefully it will encourage more and more people to start recycling and make a real difference to their local environment.”

The current weekly recycling collection of paper, glass, cans, food waste and textiles remains unchanged. Residents on the new scheme will be informed that plastic bottles and cardboard must not be put in the green boxes or blue bags as they will not be collected.

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