Push for more recycling from Sutton flats

Sutton Guardian: Sutton Council said it will also provide better instructions as to what people can recycle and what they cannot. Sutton Council said it will also provide better instructions as to what people can recycle and what they cannot.

More than 30,000 Sutton people living in flats will be given a new way of recycling waste.

Sutton Council will distribute new reusable recycling bags to 34,000 flats after receiving a £100,000 grant from the London Waste and Recycling Board.

People will be able to fill the bags with recycling, leave them out for collection and they will be emptied and left for people to retrieve.

The council will also provide better instructions as to what people can recycle and what they cannot.

Councillor Jill Whitehead said: "We have 34,000 flats in Sutton that we estimate could produce an extra 21kg of recyclable materials per year.

"If we can make recycling easier for our residents we could potentially divert around 700 tonnes of recyclable material away from landfill.

"This would bring both environmental and financial benefits."

Research has shown that recycling rates increase in areas where the reusable bags are used.

Sutton-based environmental charity BioRegional has backed the move.


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4:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Giles C says...

This isn't going to start until the Autumn.
I guess the Lib Dems are getting concerned about the recycling message that has been going out..ie they are one of the worst boroughs in London for recycling.
Amazing what an election can do!!!!!
This isn't going to start until the Autumn. I guess the Lib Dems are getting concerned about the recycling message that has been going out..ie they are one of the worst boroughs in London for recycling. Amazing what an election can do!!!!! Giles C
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6:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Binsanity says...

Does this not remind you of Councillor Colin Halls blue glass bin fiasco, which cost £350,000 and lasted a few months. The figures for re-cycling during that period were good though, thanks to Mr Halls, blue bin disposal.
Giles Cs comment above strikes at the heart of this "new way of re-cycling" con. They need to give the impression that re-cycling matters to them yet factual figures show they don't. We are not remotely conned anymore.
Does this not remind you of Councillor Colin Halls blue glass bin fiasco, which cost £350,000 and lasted a few months. The figures for re-cycling during that period were good though, thanks to Mr Halls, blue bin disposal. Giles Cs comment above strikes at the heart of this "new way of re-cycling" con. They need to give the impression that re-cycling matters to them yet factual figures show they don't. We are not remotely conned anymore. Binsanity
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8:16pm Tue 4 Mar 14

A Guest says...

about time too- although i hope the bags are not a waste of money due to either their loss or lack of strength! I would also have thought that 34,000 flats would produce more than the 21kg of recyclables as reported above - misprint i think!
about time too- although i hope the bags are not a waste of money due to either their loss or lack of strength! I would also have thought that 34,000 flats would produce more than the 21kg of recyclables as reported above - misprint i think! A Guest
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1:41pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

We know what happens to the grass bags left in the street for residents to retrieve: the answer is blowing in the wind.
We know what happens to the grass bags left in the street for residents to retrieve: the answer is blowing in the wind. Michael Pantlin
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