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Wednesday 30 March 2011

Crewe and Nantwich bin collections – recycling is sorted in one

8164 Bin Transformation 48 Sheet

It’s sorted in one – think silver, think recycling.

That’s the message from Cheshire East Council as the authority prepares to roll out its new recycling service as part of its waste and recycling transformation programme.

The authority has already outlined its plans to simplify various waste collection services throughout Cheshire East and introduce a three-bin system for the whole Borough.

This will be simpler, easier and more convenient for residents.

The emphasis of the transformation is on the silver bin, which will be used to collect all recyclables – including paper, glass, waxed cartons, foil and mixed plastics.

The three-bin system will mean the silver bin is used to collect all dry recyclables. The brown bin will be used to collect garden vegetation. Other waste that can not be recycled will be collected in the black bin.

If you have a green paper recycling bin, we will collect it for recycling in the run up to the new service’s launch on May 9.

This service will be simpler, easier and more convenient for residents – with only one collection day to remember. Recycling and green vegetation will be collected one week with black bin waste collected on the alternate week.

Now, as the Council looks to further boost its prolific recycling rate of 49.46 per cent, the full list of recyclable materials, which all Cheshire East residents will be encouraged to put in the silver bin, has been released.

It comes as the authority formally agreed a contract with UPM Shotton, in North Wales, who will process the recycling the Council collects and pass it on to local reprocessors to be recycled into new products.

Within 10 days of a newspaper being put in the silver bin, it will be on the news stands for purchase as a new newspaper.  

The materials that can be recycled in the silver bin, from May 9, are as follows:

•           Newspaper, magazines, junk mail

•           Glass (mixed)

•           Office paper (white and coloured)

•           Other paper including clean paper bags

•           Greeting cards

•           Envelopes including window type

•           Telephone directories including Yellow Pages

•           Wrapping paper

•           Junk mail

•           Cardboard

•           Egg boxes (card based)

•           Waxed cartons

•           Cans (steel and aluminium)

•           Aluminium foil

•           Aerosols

•           Mixed plastics (PET, HDPE, PVC, including plastic bags and containers)

Phil Sherratt, head of environmental services at Cheshire East Council, said: “We in Cheshire East have a fantastic opportunity to be even greener, more socially responsible and put a much wider range of dry recyclable materials all in one bin.

“I hope the introduction of this easier service will be warmly welcomed by the people of Crewe and Nantwich. Not only is the number of recycling receptacles being reduced but the system is being very much simplified.

“The aim is not only to boost our excellent recycling rate but also save money.

“We are now primarily a recycling service, not a traditional waste collection service and we believe that this is the way forward for the whole of Cheshire East.

“This scheme further underlines our real commitment to enhancing the Cheshire East environment.”

Phase one of the changes, which covers the former boroughs of Crewe & Nantwich and Congleton, begins in May. Phase two, covering the former Macclesfield borough, will start in October.

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