Plastic and card collections to start in Grange 

One of our crews carrying out a kerbside collection

6 January 2016

Some of the final areas in South Lakeland are to receive new blue recycling bags ready for the start of plastic and cardboard kerbside collections.

So far around 85% of the district has been moved on to plastic and card collections as part of a major project by us to increase kerbside recycling.

Now residents living in the Grange-over-Sands area will be getting their re-useable recycling bag delivered for storing plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, as well as cans, starting next week.

From next Monday, 9 January, households in Lindale will have the blue bags delivered. The following week, on Monday and Tuesday, 16 and 17 January, bags will be delivered in the main areas of Grange and Kents Bank.

Teams from both the Ulverston and Kendal depots will be drafted in to assist with the bag deliveries, which will see nearly 3,000 properties added to the scheme in one of the largest phases in the plastic and card roll-out, both in terms of geography and numbers of properties.

Grange is also the final main town in the district to get the expanded kerbside service, as part of a massive project to move every area onto the new collections by the end of March.

A spokesperson said: “This is one of the largest areas that we make waste and recycling collections.

Grange is serviced from both our Kendal and Ulverston depots, which makes it quite a complex operation. It is also an area with many commercial holiday lets and houses in multiple occupation, so we will be taking extra care to ensure we try to deliver bags to all the properties entitled to the new kerbside collections, but it will take several days to complete.

“If anyone hasn’t received a blue bag by the end of January and thinks they should have got one then please give us a call and we will arrange for one to be sent out.’’

The plastic and card kerbside collections have already been rolled-out in areas including Kendal, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Windermere and Bowness.

The addition of properties in Grange means that all the major areas of the district will now have plastic and card collections.

From the end of January onwards the crews will be concentrating on delivering bags to the remaining smaller hamlets and villages across the district, estimated to be a further 2,000 properties, that haven’t yet received a blue bag and are often in more isolated locations.

For residents getting their bags in the next few 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.

Latest figures show that tonnages of recycling collected at the kerbside are at record levels as the additional services are rolled out.

In November, the council collected more than 50 tonnes of plastic from the kerbside for the first time in a month - the equivalent of over two million plastic bottles.

And in December we collected 569 tonnes of kerbside recyclables, beating the previous December record of 520 tonnes.

You can view any waste or recycling collection changes by simply entering your postcode on the collection calendar. 

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