Recycling revolution comes to Breckland

New look waste lorries for Breckland

New look waste lorries for Breckland - Credit: Archant

New look waste lorries will be making their first collections in Breckland under the new recycling arrangements on Monday.

Breckland recycling bin

Breckland recycling bin - Credit: Archant

As reported last week more materials can now be put in one recycling bin at home. These include glass bottles and jars (lids can be left on), plastic food pots, tubs and trays, juice and soup cartons.

All the district councils in Norfolk have come together under the Norfolk Waste Partnership to bring about their so-called ‘recycling revolution’.

Collection days and dates will not be affected by the introduction of this new service and recycling bin colours will not change.

Across the county new materials will be recycled along with the existing ones such as card, paper, steel and aluminium cans and plastic bottles.

Serco waste lorries in Breckland are now sporting their new Recycling Revolution livery and last week all residents received a leaflet with their black recycling bins to promote and explain the changes ahead of the new arrangements.

Council officers are holding an information roadshow on Thursday this week outside Morrisons in Dereham from 11am to 2pm and outside Swaffham’s Waitrose on Friday from 11am to 2pm

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Lynda Turner, Breckland’s executive member for community and environmental services, said: “Our residents are great recyclers and are delighted to know that they will soon be able to do even more to cut down on waste sent to landfill.”

Breckland residents who do not have a wheeled bin can also recycle all the new materials in their clear recycling bags; the new materials can also be put in communal bins.

People are being reminded to rinse the items they put in their recycling bin to keep the bins clean.

In addition to household recycling collections, people can recycle a very wide range of materials at Norfolk’s network of 20 recycling centres.

The changes in the recycling have been made possible because of the upgrade and extension of the materials and recycling facility at Costessey which is run by NEWS, a publicly-owned joint venture company.

John Fisher, chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, which is made up of all seven district authorities in Norfolk plus Norfolk County Council encouraged people to get recycling.

“We have now got a system that’s equal to anyone else’s in the country. Now it’s a matter of trying to get everybody on board and recycling as much as they can.”

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