Council will 'save millions' with recycling green bag scheme

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By JulieGK | Monday, January 21, 2013, 19:46

Stoke Newington residents will trade in their recycling boxes for green bags from March 1 under a new council scheme.

Hackney Council is changing the way recycling is collected for many residents and says it will make the service easier to use, quicker to collect and greener.

All recycling will be collected together, with single use green sacks replacing green boxes.

Residents affected by these changes will be visited in this month and February by recycling advisers, who will explain the new collections to them.

The changes will be brought in for the following property types:

  • street level housing - you live in a house or flat in a shared house with access straight onto the street
  • flats above shops
  • low rise estates - you live on the ground or first floor maisonette on an estate, with access straight onto the street.
The council has trialled collections this way in the Cazenove ward since September 2011.

Why is this changing? According to the council:

  • It makes it easier to collect and recycle more, increasing recycling by over a quarter in the trial ward.
  • It is quicker - it also requires fewer vehicles, reducing congestion and pollution.
  • It saves money - collecting recycling in this way and boosting the amount we collect could save taxpayers £12m by 2020.
  • By collecting in the same way as other north London boroughs we can benefit from sharing facilities.

What do you think? Will there be problems with the bags? DO you want to keep your recycling box? Let us know below



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