Councils Aim for Gold for Glass Recycling


Following the success of the Olympics, a number of councils across the UK are stepping up their glass recycling efforts by taking advantage of the additional material that has been consumed in the last month.


Bedford Borough, Cherwell District and Plymouth City Councils have all rolled out extra glass recycling facilities and services to residents to help reduce the amount of glass going to landfill and energy recovery.


In Plymouth, 15,000 homes are set to take part in a kerbside glass collection pilot. From September, residents in the pilot area will be able to put their glass containers in their existing recycling bags or bins.


Meanwhile Cherwell District Council in Oxfordshire is handing out free reusable bags to residents to help them collect their glass containers following the celebration of a ‘hugely successful Olympics’.


Commenting on the bags, Councillor Nigel Morris, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said:


“Sending it to landfill is clearly bad for the environment especially when glass is so easy to recycle, and when kept separate is worth four times more than when it’s mixed. I would urge everyone to pick up a bag and use it to take their bottles to the nearest recycling bank, which for most should be just a stone’s throw away.”


Bedford Borough Council is also taking advantage of the increase in glass containers available by rolling out extra containers at the busiest bottle banks in the borough.


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are committed to continuing to improve waste and recycling services in the borough. We hope that these additional facilities will make glass recycling more convenient for residents, which will in turn help to increase the council’s recycling rate and reduce the amount of glass needlessly going to landfill.”


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