City Council's bid to join recycling champions

January 13, 2009 5:54 PM
Cllr Colin Rosenstiel

Cllr Colin Rosenstiel

An ambitious plan to put Cambridge City Council among the top of the country's recycling champions has been given the go-ahead today (Tuesday).

The move, to give 32,500 city homes a third wheelie bin, is expected to significantly push up the council's already impressive recycling record.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Cambridge which will keep it among the leading urban recycling authorities," said Executive Councillor for Environmental and Waste Services Colin Rosenstiel.

"We are taking positive action to cut carbon emissions and give residents the chance to do their bit for the future of our planet."

Cambridge City Council has set a recycling target of 45 per cent for 2010/2011 compared to an average figure of 33 per cent

The third wheelie bin for dry recyclables, which was backed by the council's environment scrutiny committee today (Tuesday), will replace two kerbside boxes for most city households.

The move comes after residents interviewed in a council survey said they would recycle more if they had a larger container and a wider range of materials could be put out for collection. They also claimed they didn't like the fact that litter blew out of the boxes.

Cllr Rosenstiel added: "We have listened to what our residents want and have taken this action to directly address their concerns and encourage them to recycle more.

"We are proud of our recycling record but need to keep making improvements if we are to increase our recycling rates Of the other local authorities which have switched from box to bin collection for recycling, 76 per cent have shown an increase in their recycling figures.

"We are confident that we can copy their example and put Cambridge City Council among the top ranking authorities for recycling. This move will take us nearer to our goal."

The new bins will be rolled out in October 2009 with up to £450,000 of the cost being met by Cambridgeshire County Council.

As a result of the change, the number of rubbish lorries on the city's roads will be almost halved, from seven to four, cutting 2.4 tonnes of carbon emissions.

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