Kidsgrove residents can now recycle more than ever before following a revamp of the borough’s bring sites. Changes have been made to the range of materials collected, the location of some sites and also the quality of containers and signage.
As well as improving the service for the public, the borough council believes the revised system should generate savings of around £165,000 over the next four years.
Council officers say that by investing in improvements, they should be able to capitalise on the excellent support of local people.
The change will see the existing site at Freeport in Talke Pits moving to a more prominent site within the car park. Officers also looked at the types of materials collected at all the sites and decided to streamline the bring site service so that they all take the same materials.
The council is urging residents to recycle materials into the correct container to avoid contamination. Under the new scheme glass jars and bottles are now mixed together and not separated by colour as before. And residents are asked not to leave bagged or boxed materials on the ground in front of the containers.
Meanwhile, local youngsters are doing their bit to boost borough recycling.
There are now 56 schools in the borough using the council’s free recycling service, which includes weekly food waste collections. Local champions have been engaged at each school and they range from the head teacher to the caretaker.
Cabinet member and portfolio holder for environment and recycling, Cllr Ann Beech, said:
“Recycling and the environment is an important issue for all of us. Getting young people in the borough interested and involved in recycling is an investment in the future.
“They will take what they learn in school and apply this at home, making sure that we improve our recycling efforts and continue to increase our recycling rate from 52 per cent”.
During the course of a year it is expected that 378 tonnes of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, cans and tins will be recycled and 330 tonnes of food waste