New recycling collections to start in Dent and Sedbergh

Recycling collection vehicle

2 August 2016

Residents in Dent and Sedbergh are being reminded to look out for the delivery of their new blue recycling bag as plastic and cardboard kerbside collections are rolled out to these areas this month.

Residents living in Dent will be receiving their re-useable recycling bag for storing plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, as well as cans, with the bags being delivered on Wednesday, 10 August and Thursday, 11 August.

Deliveries of blue bags in Sedbergh will be taking place on Wednesday, 24 August, and Thursday, 25 August.

This will add a further 2,500 properties to the plastic and cardboard kerbside recycling programme that will eventually take in the whole South Lakeland district.

This kerbside collections have already been rolled-out in areas including Kendal, Ulverston town, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Burton-in-Kendal, Ulverston coastal villages, Arnside, Levens and Heversham.

Half of households in the district are now receiving plastic and cardboard kerbside recycling.

To achieve the target of moving all homes onto the service by the end of the financial year an average of 1,000 properties a week will be added between now and the end of March 2017.

For households in Dent and Sedbergh getting their blue bags in the coming weeks an information leaflet about which container should be used for which material will also be delivered at the same time as the blue bags.

Residents can start using the new blue bag for storing plastic and cans as soon as they receive it and the blue bag will be picked up, along with the blue boxes and green waste, on the next recycling collection date on their calendars.

When residents start using the blue bag for plastic and cans, they should use one existing box for glass only, with the other to be used for paper and card - ensuring that the card is kept separate from the paper, as this helps with the recycling process.

Our recycling pages have useful guides and videos about which container to use for which recycling materials and what happens to your plastic after collection.

To support the roll out of the service a new fleet of smaller recycling vehicles has been ordered, which will allow the service to be provided to the more remote areas and where access is restricted, while the main tourism areas in the Lakes will be included after the busy summer tourism period.

All collection rounds have recently been reviewed and changes made to ensure that collections are operating as efficiently as possible

It means the more efficient rounds now also have the capacity to collect plastic and cardboard from the kerbside across the whole district within existing resources –  allowing the council to deliver an improved service without extra cost to the taxpayer.

Look at our dedicated pages for more information about plastic and cardboard collections.

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