15,000 Plymouth homes to trial glass recycling scheme
THOUSANDS of households are being urged to join a pilot scheme to boost glass recycling rates.
Around 15,000 homes will be asked to take part in a trial which involves putting glass bottles and jars in existing recycling bins or bags.
The pilot is expected to start in September before a city-wide roll-out.
Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "We need to increase recycling rates as part of our commitment to a greener Plymouth and this new trial is a step in the right direction.
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"We've tried to keep this as simple as possible to encourage people to get involved.
"No extra containers are needed. All we're asking people to do is to put empty, clean glass bottles and jars into their existing recycling bin or bag, which will be collected on their usual day every fortnight."
Residents on the scheme will receive a leaflet and a letter, explaining what can go in their recycling bin or container.
It will also give details about what to do with specialist glass such as Pyrex or broken glass.
People can check whether they are part of the scheme by clicking onto the Council's 'whichdaybinday' web page, which have been updated to include all the homes on the scheme.
Councillor Vincent added: "We would urge those who are not part of the scheme to continue with their efforts to recycle their glass by using the city's existing facilities."
Across the city there are 117 bottle banks and in the last year 3,156 tonnes of green, brown and clear bottles have been collected.
Some of the bottle banks are emptied several times a week with the busiest bottle banks in the supermarket car parks at Morrison's at Plymstock and Outland Road, and Sainsbury's at Marsh Mills.
There are also collection points for recycling low-energy light bulbs in some libraries, both household waste and recycling centres and at Sainsbury's in Marsh Mills.
The Council is also encouraging people to consider the reuse of glass they no longer use. Spectacles, Pyrex cookware, mirrors and drinking glasses are useable and can be donated to local charity shops.
For further information about recycling low-energy light bulbs visit http://recolight.cobrascheme.com
More details about the pilot scheme are available at www.plymouth.gov.uk/recyc ling