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Recycling trial to help efficiency in Allerdale

A select group of residents in Allerdale will participate in a new recycling trial to help Allerdale Borough Council identify better ways for residents to recycle.

The current purple bag system, which are used to collect plastic, metal and glass, costs approximately £50,000 annually and those bags cannot be recycled, therefore they end up in landfill. The Council has identified alternative ways to recycle more efficiently, using reusable sacks and boxes, as well as residents’ current recycling bins.

In order to determine which method will be most convenient for users, the Council is running the trial over a 12 week period, which is due to begin in March. Householders in the pilot scheme areas have already been contacted to make them aware of the upcoming plans. They will then be asked for feedback before any decisions are made regarding the collection process.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Executive Member with responsibility for waste and recycling, said: “This trial has been designed to not just help improve the efficiency of the Council, but to give householders the chance to have their say about which method works best for them. It is also hoped that the trial will make residents think about recycling. Ideally we all need to reduce waste, reuse if possible and finally recycle as much as we can.”

The service will not be reduced in any way, and the day of the week on which recycling collections take place will not change. For more information on when collections take place, please visit

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