Over 80,000 households across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District will be able to recycle more waste as food and drink cartons and shredded paper can be disposed of through their burgundy bins from 1 November 2015.
Food and drink cartons may be placed in burgundy bins and shredded paper in the bottom of caddies weighted down by other papers and magazines.
As part of the councils’ recycling schemes they have negotiated an extension to their burgundy bin contracts that will see the addition of this type of material and provide residents with the opportunity to recycle even more of their household rubbish.
Each year, manufacturers produce approximately 57,000 tonnes of paper-based cartons to package milk, fruit juice and an increasingly wide range of food products, including soup, chopped tomatoes and pulses for the UK market.
This equates to around 2.3kg of cartons per household which could be recycled instead of being thrown in the rubbish bin.
The cartons were previously sent to landfill because they required special treatment to separate paper from other layers.
Now, they can be put into the burgundy bins along with bottles and tins for recycling.
The new, greener alternative brings the councils closer to their recycling target of 49per cent. Bolsover's current recycling rate is 41per cent and North East Derbyshire's current recycling rate is 44per cent.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, “Our residents have always responded well to the different recycling schemes we’ve implemented and the success of the burgundy bin scheme proves this. We’ve got some tough targets to meet, both as a Council and as a nation, but by adding this type of material stream to the service means even less waste will be taken to landfill – which can only be good news.”
The high-quality wood fibres found in food and drink cartons are flexible and strong, and can be recycled up to six times, making them a valuable raw material for new paper products.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment, Councillor Michael Gordon said, “We are delighted to have included this type of material in our burgundy bin scheme; making it easier for residents to recycle even more. It costs around £123 per tonne to dispose of waste to landfill – so it’s important that the more we can recycle the better.
“I would like to thank everyone for their recycling efforts and with your continued support we can do even better in 2016.”
For more information on waste and recycling collections please visit www.bolsover.gov.uk or www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk and for more information on beverage carton recycling, visit www.ace-uk.co.uk.