Super recycling vehicles to be launched later this year
COTSWOLD residents are to have all dry recycling collected at the kerbside by one of a fleet of 12 super vehicles.
Cotswold District Council have invested around £1 million in the recycling vehicles that will enable a new hard plastics collection service for the first time.
All kinds of plastics, with the exception of flyaway products such as plastic bags, will be collected by the vehicles, along with other dry recycling products.
In a district council meeting, portfolio holder Cllr David Fowles (Con, Hampton) said the scheme would be phased in over the autumn and new collection bags or communal containers would be distributed before then.
The vehicles will replace the two recycling collections currently operating once a fortnight in the district.
However, residents will still need to sort their recycling because the vehicles have the capacity to keep items separated.
A temporary vehicle depot is to be arranged by August with a view to securing a permanent site by early 2013.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Lib Dem, Churn Valley) said he was delighted with the result and it was the best possible outcome for the environment.
“When we launched a petition around the Cotswolds four years ago, the resounding answer from local people was that they wanted this service.
“I presented that petition, with 800 names, two years ago and now the council has acted.”