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Residents In Parts Of York To Take Part In Recycling Trial

City of York Council

6:10am 20th June 2014
(Updated 7:11am 20th June 2014)

From 20 June until 29 August residents in Upper Poppleton will be able to recycle plastics including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and fruit trays along with the usual plastic bottles and tin cans.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Planning and Sustainability, said:

“York has a high recycling rate, and over 43 per cent of the rubbish that is produced city wide is either recycled or composted. Previously we’ve been unable to collect this type of plastic as these products are often made of low quality materials that are costly to process. However, the situation is changing, at least in the short run, and we are now looking again at whether it is feasible to add plastic packaging to the kerbside recycling collection."

“One of the reasons why we are running the trial is to find out whether collecting mixed plastics for recycling will reduce the cost to the tax payer of landfilling waste.”

The trial will establish whether the quantity and quality of materials that are collected is enough to justify the additional processing costs that the council would incur if mixed plastics were collected city wide.

The trial is being run using existing resources and there are no additional processing costs or transport costs incurred as a result of the trial.

Following the trial the council will present the results to councillors who will consider whether there are benefits of introducing a city wide collection of mixed plastics.

To find out more about the trial visit , follow the waste team on Twitter @CYCWasteServices or like City of York Council Waste Services on Facebook.

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