New recycling collections to start in Levens and Beetham

A kerbside recycling collection underway in South Lakeland
19 July 2016

New plastic and cardboard recycling collections are to start in Levens and Beetham. 

Residents living in Levens and Beetham – including properties in Slackhead - will be getting their new re-useable blue bag for storing plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, as well as cans, delivered over three days next week, Monday to Wednesday, 25, 26 and 27 July

This latest expansion of kerbside collections follows on from roll-outs of the plastic and card service in areas including Kendal, Ulverston town and coastal villages, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Burton-in-Kendal and Arnside, and means that 50% of the district is now receiving plastic and cardboard kerbside recycling. 

For households in these villages 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 in Levens and Beetham 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. 

The council’s website has useful guides and videos about which container to use for which recycling materials and what happens to your plastic after collection:  www.southlakeland.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling 

This is the latest phaseof an expansion of kerbside collections that will eventually take in the whole district by the end of March 2017. 

To support the roll out of the service a new fleet of smaller recycling vehicles has been delivered, 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. 

For more information about plastic and cardboard collections see: http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/plastic-and-cardboard-collections/ 

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For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.