Cornwall Council will be launching two different trial initiatives with an aim of helping to reduce residual waste and improve recycling services across Cornwall.
The pots, tubs and trays recycling trial starts on the 30 November 2015 and will consist of approximately 46,000 properties across parts of the previous Kerrier and Carrick Districts.
“Plastic pots, tubs and trays make up a large proportion of our household rubbish and we currently can’t recycle them, said Councillor Joyce Duffin, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment. “We want to see how much we can recycle if we could. We currently only collect plastic bottles in the collection service, along with the other materials such as paper, cardboard, cans/tins, glass and textiles.”
Councillor Joyce Duffin – “We want to find out if recycling the extra items will reduce rubbish and increase recycling rates which is why we are only trialling it, and not doing it everywhere so we can compare the results”
“We want to find out if recycling the extra items will reduce rubbish and increase recycling rates which is why we are only trialling it, and not doing it everywhere so we can compare the results.”
Only 65% of properties currently use the weekly recycling collection service, in the area. By increasing the number of items residents can recycle, and raising awareness of the council’s recycling collection service, it hopes the overall percentage of properties that recycle will increase.
In other parts of Cornwall the council is inviting a number of town and parishes to take part in the “waste incentive neighbourhood scheme”.
The scheme has received funding from Government to reduce the amount of residual waste and the council is offering town and parish councils the opportunity to submit their campaign ideas on how they can encourage residents to reduce waste.
The successful council will receive a start-up cost to launch their campaign and reward at the end of their campaign depending on how much their rubbish has been reduced.