Release Date: 25 June 2012
Stroud District Council's improved recycling service launched on Tuesday July 3rd. Residents can start using their new recycling wheelie-bin or bag to collect plastic packaging, glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans or tins, aerosols and household non-rechargeable batteries.
The kerbside boxes, which residents have had for several years, will now be used to collect paper, card and food and drink cartons.
Councillor Simon Pickering, executive member for the environment at the council said:
'It is fantastic to see this project finally come to fruition. It has taken a great deal of work to get this project off the ground, but it means that residents will be able to recycle much more of their household waste from home, and as a district we will hopefully significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. This is real chance for everyone to do their bit to help save planet for future generations at no extra cost to the tax-payer.'
'We know from surveys carried out that people want to be able to recycle plastic packaging, card and cartons from home and we have now made it possible. I hope residents get on board and support this scheme.
'A number of people have asked me personally why we are spending more on bins and a new service at a time of national cuts, but the simple truth is that the increase in recycling under the new scheme will pay for the changes - including the new bins.'
When the scheme starts wheelie-bins and recycling bags should be put in same place as kerbside box are placed for collection and must be out by 6am.
The council expects that the first few weeks of collections will take longer to complete and residents should not be alarmed if their waste or recycling has not been collected by late afternoon or evening.
Carlos Novoth, public space manager at the council, said:
'With the changes implemented to over 50,000 households in the district, we anticipate that collections will take longer for the first few weeks. We ask that people leave their recycling out until it is taken.'
All residents have been given information packs, however additional information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at www.stroud.gov.uk/recycling
People who have specific enquires relating to the service should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01453 754424.