Brighton And Hove To Use Communal Bins To Increase Recycling Rates

15-07-13(5)picA Brighton and Hove project that will see recyclables placed in communal bins rather than individual boxes could boost recycling rates and save the council over half a million pounds.

The scheme, which will affect 32,000 households throughout the area, has the potential to increase recycling rates by up to 70 percent according to Councillor Pete West. He also said that the net saving to the council from introducing this method of collection is expected to be greater than £500,000 over six years.

Councillor Pete West – “They [the trialists] have increased their recycling rate by 70 percent. People are really, really happy with it.”

The idea, which has already been trialled successfully with 3,000 households, has now been approved by the environment, transport and sustainability committee, and it is expected to be introduced later this year.

Currently, recycling is collected either weekly or fortnightly from the kerbside, but the new system will allow for recyclable material to be taken to the communal bins whenever it is convenient for the householder.

Councillor West said: “They [the trialists] have increased their recycling rate by 70 percent. People are really, really happy with it.” He added that the trial showed the scheme “to be a very good way to get increased recycling, cleaner streets and less damage to the environment.”

Before the trial took place, Brighton council said that it collected around 4.7 tonnes of recycling from the area each week, but within a month that had increased by 31 percent to almost 6.2 tonnes.

When the trial was concluded the figures indicated a 70 percent increase in collected recyclables, with 73 percent of residents saying that they preferred the new system.

 

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