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Council appeal for Cumbernauld households to recycle more than ever

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:41 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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Council appeal for households to get involved with National Recycling Week.

CUMBERNAULD residents are being encouraged to recycle more household waste than ever, as part of National Recycling Week, which ends this Sunday (23 June).

North Lanarkshire Council aims to recycle fifty per cent of all household waste, but the council have said that they need the support of residents to make the dream a reality, with the authority pushing residents to make the most of their council colour-coded bins.  

The local authority operate an alternate weekly blue bin service which takes paper, magazines and cardboard, food and drinks cans, aerosols and plastic bottles, tubs, trays and pots, and all of these items can be recycled so don't go to landfill.

Residents are also being reminded to place these items individually into the bins - don't put them in plastic bags first. Plastic shopping bags should be reused or returned to the supermarket for recycling.

"With the help of local people, the council is steadily increasing the amount of household waste we recycle," Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee said.

"We have achieved a recycling rate of 43% - our blue bins collect 450 tonnes every week - and we're aiming for 50% by the end of 2013. By making it as easy as possible to recycle, we hope residents will help us do even better.

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"There's so much that can go into the blue bins now, and our new food waste recycling service is proving very popular with 150 tonnes being collected each week.

"To help residents know what can and can't go into their recycling bins, we will be distributing postcards to households over the next few months with tips on how to help boost the amount we recycle."

As part of the drive, North Lanarkshire Council have advised residents that textiles should not be placed in the blue bins, from now on, insisting that instead; materials can be disposed of at any of the council's recycling centres or taken to charity shops.

The council’s recycling drive – which cuts the amount of rubbish going to landfill and benefits the environment - is part of the authority’s ‘Recycle for Good’ campaign, which makes a charity donation every year to recognise the success of the council’s recycling service, and last year a total of £8,000 was presented to CLIC Sargent, St Andrews Hospice and NHS Lanarkshire - Living with Dementia information café.

Recycled plastic can be transformed into a variety of other goods including flooring and window frames, cd cases, fencing and garden furniture, fleeces and fibre filling for sleeping bags and duvets. This reduces the need to use scarce natural resources and protects natural habitats for the future.

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