York recycling boxes making an impact.
6:11am 5th November 2010
Three-box recycling system is already having an impact
Early indications suggest that City of York Council's decision to introduce a new three-box kerbside recycling system has increased the amount of waste being collected for recycling.
This means that less waste is ending up in landfill sites, which is great news for the environment. It will also help the council to meet strict government-set targets aimed at reducing the amount of waste disposed of in landfill sites.
Data gathered on five different collection rounds over the five-week period before the new boxes were delivered to people's homes and the five-week period after the boxes were delivered shows a 2.7 per cent increase in the total amount of material collected for recycling. The level of increase varied from round to round - an increase of 3.5 per cent was the highest and an increase of 1.8 per cent was the lowest. However, the interim figures are extremely encouraging and demonstrate just how well residents have embraced the new collection arrangements.
Over the past few months, 70,000 households have received two additional recycling boxes with lids (one for glass bottles/jars and another for paper/cardboard), and a net to cover their existing box, which is used for plastic bottles and metal cans. Previously, recyclables were stored in bags and had to be sorted after collection. The new three-box scheme enables different types of materials to be separated before collection, saving the collection crews time. It's also a much tidier and more hygienic method of storing materials.
John Wilcox, recycling supervisor, said: "There has been a vast improvement in the cleanliness of the streets and far fewer cases of recyclables being contaminated with other materials. The collections crews are able to work faster because the system is so much more efficient and we've had some really positive comments from residents, who seem to find the three-box system much more clean, tidy and hygienic to use."
Head of waste services, Geoff Derham, said: "We're delighted with the feedback that we're receiving from our collection crews and from members of the public. It's early days and people are still getting used to the new three-box system, so it's extremely encouraging to see an increase in recycling already."
Residents are reminded that extra help and support can be provided to elderly and disabled residents to ensure that they are able to use the council's recycling services without any difficulties. If you are experiencing difficulties and need information or assistance, contact the council's recycling team for help. A range of different options can be provided to make sure that the recycling service works for you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01904 551551.
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