Flats boost plastic recycling in Colchester

The collection of plastic recycling to flats began in June 2018

Date issued: 16 November 2018

The roll out of plastic recycling facilities in flats has got off to a flying start with 6.1
tonnes (equivalent to the weight of an elephant) of recyclable plastic being collected since the facilities were first introduced by Colchester Borough Council (CBC) less than two months ago.

During the first phase of introducing plastic recycling facilities to flats, 545 communal bins have been delivered to 473 locations, providing 7,330 flats in the borough with this new service.

Residents with these facilities are asked to simply wash and squash their recyclable plastics and place them in their communal bin, which is collected weekly.

The scheme was introduced following Cabinet’s decision in June to extend the collection of plastic recycling to flats and provide those living in flats with the same plastic recycling service as other residents. Increasing plastic recycling facilities is also helping to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill. 

Cllr Martin Goss, Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “The first phase of introducing plastic recycling facilities in flats has gone incredibly well and we’re now talking to other private management companies to try and implement these and other recycling facilities in as many of the outstanding flat developments in the borough as possible.”

Information about what plastics can and cannot be recycled in the borough is available at www.colchester.gov.uk/recycling

The introduction of these facilities supports the Council’s Better Colchester campaign which aims to make Colchester a better place to live, work and visit.

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