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Council's Recycling and Refuse Target Increases for 2012/13

Published: 21st June 2012 09:29
Council's Recycling and Refuse Target Increases for 2012/13

 

Broxbourne's "Kerbsider" recycling collection vehiclesOne of Broxbourne's "Kerbsider" recycling collection vehicles 

 

For the year 2011/2012, the community in Broxbourne increased its recycling and composting rate from 39.1 to 39.5 percent. The Council would like to take this opportunity to thank residents for continuing to recycle.

 

The aim for 2012/13 is to exceed 40 per cent. Although residents are recycling more than ever, research shows that more can be done.  For example 580,000 tonnes of plastic bottles were produced and sold last year in the UK but only 48 per cent were recycled.  By ensuring all plastic bottles are recycled, residents can help to boost Broxbourne's recycling rate.

 

The Borough Council provides a range of services to assist residents to recycle including a green wheeled bin for organic waste and kerbside boxes for dry recycling.  These services are supplemented by a network of Neighbourhood Recycling Centres which accept cardboard, glass and textiles.  Selected flats have also been provided with recycling facilities.

 

Reducing contamination could also help to improve recycling rates. Due to items such as plastic bags being placed in green wheeled bins, over 500 tonnes of waste destined for composting has been rejected and sent to landfill.  This not only reduces the overall recycling rate but it also has a significant cost implication.  Residents are asked to put only green waste, food and cardboard in their green wheeled bins. 

 

Although the Council's ‘Green Waste Plus' scheme accepts cardboard, the most environmentally friendly way of recycling this material is to take it to a local Neighbourhood Recycling Centre (NRC), where you can also find information of where to dispose of different materials.

 

The Council is also currently seeking residents' views on its recycling and refuse services. To take part, please visit and, complete the online survey.

 

The Council's website has further information on their recycling and refuse services, or you can call the Helpline on 01992 785577.

 

Kerbside boxes can be used for all dry recyclables and are collected fortnightly. Green boxes are used to collect paper and glass and black boxes for plastic bottles and cans.
Special offers on equipment such as home composters are also available to residents, with further information available on the website.
Purple sacks should be used for non recyclable refuse only.

  

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