Glass, cartons and more plastics set to be part of recycling collections for south Norfolk

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A trip to the bottle bank to recycle glass will become a thing of the past for south Norfolk residents.

In a move planned for October, glass, as well as some additional plastics, like yoghurt pots and fruit trays which are currently not collected, will be part of the fortnightly recycling collection.

Cartons like Tetra Paks and some other cardboard-based packaging will also be included.

Both Breckland and South Norfolk district councils are able to make the changes because of an expansion of the central recycling facility in Costessey, near Norwich, which serves all Norfolk councils.

Previously those who wanted to recycle glass had to make a separate trip, while yoghurt pots and other plastics will often be thrown in general waste, which is sent to landfill.

Councillor Keith Kiddie, a South Norfolk Council cabinet member who is responsible for waste, said: “The ultimate aim is to reduce the waste that doesn’t get recycled.

“We know that lots of glass goes into the general waste bin, for example.
“Every ton that we don’t have to chuck away represents a significant saving.”

Councils are urging residents not to start putting these items in with normal recycling yet. An educational campaign is due to start first, detailing to people exactly what extra things can be recycled.

Currently the recycling collection accepts items including tin cans, paper, cardboard and plastic bottles.

Work is currently being carried out at the so-called Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Costessey, and is ahead of schedule, according to Mr Kiddie.

The MRF is run by Norse Environmental Waste Services (NEWS) a wholly owned company of Norfolk County Council.

Mr Kiddie said that any waste going into landfill costs the council, while the raw material that is created through recycling can be a source of income.

Mr Kiddie also highlighted the benefits to the environment that recycling brings.

Currently, more than half of the waste collected by South Norfolk Council is not recycled. About 42 per cent is recycled in line with the national average, and Mr Kiddie hopes that could increase to nearer 50 per cent.