Three bin recycling is a success

PUBLISHED: 07:49 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 21:16 29 May 2010

THE introduction of three bin recycling is proving to be a success. Already our recycling rates are up to more than 30 per cent and we are slashing the amount of biodegradable material we send to council tips. These benefits will be even greater once t

THE introduction of three bin recycling is proving to be a success. Already our recycling rates are up to more than 30 per cent and we are slashing the amount of biodegradable material we send to council tips.

These benefits will be even greater once three bin recycling is running in all parts of the district.

Two issues are being raised again and again, so I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

Firstly, some people appear to be confused by which plastics can be recycled. Our policy is in effect unchanged - we still only recycle the 'soft' plastics (these are those numbered one to three in the recycling logo). These are mainly bottles but there are now an increasing number of products (such as soft fruit punnets) that are being made from these recyclable plastics.

We want people to recycle these too if possible, but if people are having problems identifying the numbers - don't worry, just stick to the old rule of thumb, plastic bottles (minus caps) can be recycled, other plastics can't.

A number of rumours are circulating that people will be fined if they get the wrong items in the wrong bin. This is not true.

Although the council has the power under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act to impose fines we prefer a sympathetic approach as we understand people need time to get used to the new arrangements.

We have produced a comprehensive guide on recycling in Uttlesford, including what goes in which bin, which is being sent to every household.

If any reader wants help or advice on any of these issues they can call the Council's recycling hotline on 01799 510344.

Cllr Alan Thawley

Chair Environment Committee


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