New recycling collections to start in Staveley, Kirkby-in-Furness and Broughton-in-Furness

30 August 2016

Residents in three more areas in South Lakeland will have new blue recycling bags delivered in the next two weeks as plastic and cardboard kerbside collections continue to be rolled out across the district. 

Residents living in Staveley 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, 7 September and Thursday, 8 September. 

Deliveries of blue bags in Kirkby-in-Furness and Broughton-in-Furness will be taking place the following week, on Wednesday, 14 September, and Thursday, 15 September. 

This will add a further 1,700 properties to the plastic and cardboard kerbside recycling programme that will eventually take in the whole South Lakeland district. 

These kerbside collections have already been rolled-out in areas including Kendal, Ulverston town, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Burton-in-Kendal, Ulverston coastal villages, Arnside, Levens, Newby Bridge, Backbarrow, Dent and Sedbergh. 

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 Staveley, Kirkby and Broughton 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. 

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 

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 in the coming few months now that the busy summer tourism period is starting to ease. 

Figures show that tonnages of recycling are increasing as the additional kerbside recycling is rolled out. 

Simon Rowley, SLDC’s Assistant Director of Neighbourhood Services, said: “We have seen the tonnages collected from the kerbside increasing, particularly in areas where we have introduced plastic and cardboard collections. 

“In those areas we have also seen a big increase in the number of people requesting additional or replacement recycling bins and boxes, which suggests the introduction of the expanded service has led to a renewed interest in and enthusiasm for recycling.’’ 

The expansion of the plastic and cardboard collections has been made possible by the introduction of changes to bin collection days for thousands of residents across the district. 

The changes to collection days were made to make sure all the bin rounds are operating as efficiently as possible, with new rounds drawn up after studies examined every detail, from the types of wagons used to how narrow streets are in different areas, to make the very best use of resources and save money on fuel costs. 

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.