recycling comes to housing estates
the recyling service is extended
living on housing estates who want to recycle their rubbish
will be able to place paper, cardboard, tin, glass, and plastic
bottles in recycling containers situated on their doorsteps.
make the system work the council is increasing the number
of recycling banks on housing estates from just over 400 to
1,600. Just like the Orange sacks used elsewhere in the borough,
estate residents will be able to place all their recycleables
in the same bank.
fourfold increase means there will be an individual recycling
bank for the vast majority of housing blocks in the borough
- both council and private.
new banks will also complement the 175 that have been placed
at leisure centres, supermarkets and car parks across the
move is expected to lead to a big increase in recycling levels
in Wandsworth, which have already grown by 75 per cent in
the past 12 months.
huge increase is being attributed to the introduction of the
orange sack service in April 2003 which provided weekly doorstep
recycling services to 84,000 homes in Wandsworth.
can only be used for recycling at properties which have individual
refuse collections and enough space to store sacks. A lack
of adequate storage space in high rise flats has meant this
type of recycling system was impractical. Using the same bank
to recycle lots of different items overcomes this hurdle.
installation of the new banks is expected to begin next month.
Local residents will be consulted over the exact positioning
of each one.
member for environment and public services Cllr Guy Senior
"Our experience over the past year has shown that if
you make recycling simple and convenient for people, then
they are eager to get involved. It
is this formula that has proved so successful with our orange
sack scheme. Now we are keen to see it repeated on local housing
Cabinet member for housing Martin D Johnson added:
"We firmly believe that the introduction of this orange
style recycling service on our estates will pay real dividends.
and leaseholders have asked us for better recycling facilities
and this is precisely what the council is now delivering."
of privately owned blocks who would like a recycling bank
should telephone (020) 8871 8558. Council tenants or leaseholders
should telephone (020) 8871 8604.