Glass scheme to push Kirklees recycling "up by a third"

One of the largest Unitary Authorities in the UK – Kirklees – is launching a new district-wide Recycling Plan, which should see kerbside glass collections increasing recycling rates from 21% to 28%.


A pilot scheme is to be expanded over the next two years, including the monthly glass collections using green boxes, and giving the district's 12,000 rural homes access to kerbside recycling for the first time.

The scheme will also see the whole borough switching to alternate-weekly collections of dry recyclables and residual waste, using green and grey bins.

Cllr Martyn Bolt, Cabinet member for the environment, said: "These two initiatives, together with increasing the frequency of current green bin collections for everyone else, are geared to boost overall household waste recycling by one third - taking it from 21% to 28%.

"Recycling has never been easier in Kirklees and in the next three years it will become even easier due to a new recycling plan. On average every person throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks," he added.

Rolling out the new programme will begin in June in the north of the district, with households sent information packs as well as their green boxes for glass bottles and jars.

The expanded recycling services will help the council meet its government waste targets, while also meeting the terms of the Household Waste Recycling Act, which requires all local authorities in England to provide kerbside collections for at least two recyclable materials by 2010.

Kirklees will ban garden waste from residual waste bins as it offers the green waste collection service and also actively promotes home composting across the district.

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600450 Glass scheme to push Kirklees recycling "up by a third"
Date: 3 March 2007

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