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Two new recycling bins for food and drink cartons have arrived at Brentwood Borough Council depot’s recycling site in Warley.
The new recycling bins mean that residents can now help to increase recycling levels by taking these items to the site between 8am and 8pm every day.
The design of food and drink cartons, for example Tetra Paks mean it is not possible to collect them with the current fortnightly kerbside collection services. This is because the carton design mainly consists of a layer of paper/cardboard on the outside glued to a layer of aluminium foil on the inside with a plastic cap on top.
The use of so many different materials in one product means that the Material Recycling Facility (MRF) could not sort them from other 3D containers.
Chair of Environment, Enforcement and Housing Committee Councillor Maria Pearson said; “I am so pleased that we now have this facility so we can now properly recycle these types of containers.
“It is something we have been waiting for and which I hope everyone will now use to maximum effect. It will cut down waste, cut the impact on the environment and in a few months time we will report back on just how many tonnes has been collected.”
The facility at the depot now allows residents to deposit their food and drink cartons and paper cups. Plastic coffee cup lids still need to go into the general household waste. It is not necessary to rinse out the cartons before placing them in the containers.
“The containers will be emptied on a regular basis and then the material collected is baled for recycling.