Wednesday, 8 September 2010

New Way to Recycle in Leicester

By Ben Aulakh

A new way for people to recycle in Leicester is being launched in five areas of the city this week.

The kerbside recycling trial will see households being given orange bags in Belgrave, Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields, Evington and Eyres Monsell.

The trial scheme will replace the system of existing green boxes; the new set up will be used to collect a much wider range of recyclable household waste.

This will include mixed paper and cardboard, plastic packaging, mixed glass bottles and jars, aerosols, food tins and drink cans and cartons.

Cllr Sarah Russell, Leicester City Council Cabinet member for environment and sustainability said, “We’re really excited that the trial is now beginning.

“All participating residents will also receive a leaflet giving details of the changes to the way recycling will be collected.”

People have been telling the council that they want to be able to recycle more of their household waste, so the local authority have been talking to waste management firm Biffa to explore ways of improving recycling rates.

Cllr Russell added, “We’re confident that the orange bags mark a step forward and we look forward to receiving the results during the six-month trial.”

Delivery of the orange bags and accompanying information started on Tuesday September 7; the first collections of orange-bagged recyclable waste will begin from Tuesday September 14.

For more details of the orange bag trial, including a full list of all participating streets, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/recycling

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