Recycling scheme gets off to flying start
simple new Orange sack scheme looks set to lead to a sharp
rise in the number of local households that take part in the
recycling revolution reports the Council. Early indications
are that the scheme, which began on Monday, has already seen
a large increase in the number of homes recycling their waste.
Recycling collectors have reported that many more homes are
now using the council's Orange coloured recycling sacks.
the first time residents can now use a single colour sack
for all their recycled waste. The distinctive Orange sacks
can be filled with paper, card, glass, tin cans and - also
for the first time - plastic bottles. All of these items can
be mixed together in the same sack
new easy-to-use service is being made possible because of
the advent of new machinery that enables different recyclable
items to be separated and sorted from a single sack.
hall chiefs are, however, urging people not to use their Orange
sacks for anything other than glass, paper, cardboard, tin
cans or plastic bottles. If the sacks, which are transparent,
contain items other than this, the sack will not be collected
and the resident will need to transfer its contents to a regular
black binliner. This is to ensure that the recyclables are
not contaminated by general refuse.
because plastic bottles can now be recycled in Wandsworth
for the first time, people are being reminded that other types
of plastic should not be added to Orange sacks. At this stage,
only plastic bottles can be collected. These include all drinks
bottles, detergent bottles and shampoo bottles.
plastics like yoghurt pots, clingfilm, carrier bags,
margarine tubs and ready-made meal containers cannot be recycled
and should not be put in the sacks. These different
types of plastics will be collected for recycling when reprocessing
plants in the UK agree to accept them.
new recycling service has been introduced for 83,000 Wandsworth
households. People haven't needed to register to join the
scheme - all eligible properties have been included automatically.
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