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New plastic and card recycling collections to start in Burton-in-Kendal

New plastic and cardboard kerbside recycling collections are to start in Burton-in-Kendal.

Residents in the village will be receiving their new re-useable blue bag for storing plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, as well as cans, with blue bags being delivered on Tuesday, 7 June.

This will add an estimated 600-700 properties to the number receiving the plastic and cardboard kerbside collections in South Lakeland, and follows on from roll-outs of the plastic and cardboard collections in Kendal, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale and Milnthorpe and means that more than 40% of the district will be receiving the expanded service.

For households in Burton getting their blue bags on 7 June an information leaflet about which container should be used for which material will also be delivered at the same time as the blue bags.

Burton 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.

Roger Bingham, who is the local councillor for Burton in Kendal, welcomed the news saying: “Having championed recycling throughout my 33 years on the council I welcome the introduction of new plastic and card collections. My main hope is that this latest development will not have the prolonged teething trouble regrettably experienced in this area by the reorganisation of the waste collection routes.”

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 phase of 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 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.

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

For information about the changes to collection dates see: www.southlakeland.gov.uk/collectionchanges

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