Great news – we can recycle even more!

26th July 2018, 6:30pm | By chippenhamcem |

From next week 30th July, it will become easier than ever to recycle as Wiltshire Council aims to divert even more waste from landfill to save money.

As well as the usual plastic bottles, cardboard and shredded paper that people can currently recycle, people will now be able to leave these items in their blue-lidded bin:

  • plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • food and drink cartons

Black plastic and plastic films cannot be recycled.

People can continue to recycle the following items in their black box:

  • paper
  • glass bottles and jars
  • tins and cans
  • clean foil
  • empty aerosols
  • bagged textiles and clothes

To add to the convenience, people’s fortnightly collection day and time will remain the same.

Until 30th July, people should continue to use their waste and recycling bins and boxes as usual. Residents can order extra recycling bins if their current bin is no longer big enough, though people are also encouraged to wash and squash their recycling where possible.

Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, said: “Recycling saves energy, costs less and frees up space in household waste bins.

“It also has less impact on the environment than burying it in landfill or burning it to generate energy, so the more we can recycle, the better it is for all of us. Residents will get an improved service without the confusion of changed collection days – so it’s good news all round.”

In 2017/18, 45.24% of household waste in Wiltshire was recycled and it is hoped the new service will help increase that.

For more information, including what can be recycled in each bin, people should visit: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling

To find out what happens to the kerbside recyclable waste that’s collected, people should visit http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/what-happens-to-recycling

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