10:00am Friday 15th June 2012
FORTNIGHTLY kerbside plastic collections will be introduced in the Cotswolds during October.
At yesterday’s Cotswold District Council cabinet meeting, environment lead Cllr David Fowles announced that collections of recyclable mixed rigid plastics would soon be in operation.
Cllr Fowles confirmed that the Council will shortly be taking delivery of new vehicles which will be able to collect a wide range of recyclables, including plastics.
The new vehicles will begin operating at the beginning of August when the waste collection service is transferred from SITA UK to Ubico Ltd, and the plastic recycling will be introduced several weeks later.
Commenting on the new service, Cllr Fowles said: “This is great news for residents in the Cotswolds.
"I am sure it will be seen as a very welcome addition to our recycling service and bodes well for maintaining – perhaps even improving – our excellent performance in the national recycling stakes.
"Full details of the new collection – including a timetable and the type of plastics which are acceptable for recycling - will be sent to every household nearer the introduction date.”
Speaking after the meeting Cllr John Hughes, shadow cabinet member for environment (Lib Dem, Cirencester-Beeches), said: “It's very encouraging, that CDC Cabinet have decided to move forward in regards to plastic collection, it's a very important issue.
"In 2012 we can't afford to keep putting our waste into landfill sites, we're slowly but surely destroying our environment, and planet.
"As a Council, we need to do all we can to help people on this matter. People have busy lives, so we need to do all we can to make plastic recycling as easy as possible.
"I look forward to working closely with David Fowles, and officers at CDC to ensure that we're providing nothing but the very best service, and we continue to deliver new and improved schemes."
Any queries should be directed to the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.
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