Bid to improve plastic recycling

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A new system of recycling looks set to make it easier for High Peak residents to dispose of their waste plastic.

If proposals are approved, a third wheelie bin could be introduced this summer to allow for the kerbside collection of plastics.

Currently the only way for such items to be recycled is for residents to take them along to recycling facilities located in various car parks.

Members of High Peak Borough Council’s Community Select Committee agreed on Monday to put forward their recommendations for the future delivery of waste and recycling services for approval by the Executive.

The move follows months of research by a group of four councillors who have looked at various options available and the associated costs of each.

If approved, the new collection service would comprise of:

l a green-lidded wheeled bin for food and garden waste

l a green kerbside box for mixed glass

l a brown wheeled bin for plastics, cans, paper and cardboard.

l a black wheeled bin for rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted.

l a red bag for mixed textiles and clothes.

All would be emptied on a fortnightly basis – the same as under the current system.

Under the proposals the recycling centres located in car parks will continue to provide the same collection services but will be reviewed after nine months of the start date of the new kerbside service.

It is expected that, subject to approval, the new bins would be introduced in the summer.