A new council drive to help reduce the amount of recyclable materials being sent to landfils sites got underway yesterday (6th March 2017) in Liverpool 18. New 90 litre re-useable sacks are being handed out to residents to replace the current 55 litre boxes.
It is estimated that approx 21,000 tonnes of recycleable waste is being sent to the landfil instead of being put into the correct recycling bins / bags. Each tonne of normal household costs twice as much to treat as recyclable waste meaning an extra £1 million is payable by council tax holders.
In an earlier drive in the County Ward, saw recycling rates increase by approx 20%. Other areas will follow this year.
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The high proportion of terraced properties with narrow alleyways in Liverpool means we have a particular challenge in providing the best storage methods for residents.
“We know that the larger sacks proved popular when we carried out a pilot scheme last year because they are much bigger than the blue boxes.
“This is part of a much scheme to make our streets cleaner and greener in which we are replacing paving and carrying out other environmental improvements in four foot alleys to improve the conditions in which rubbish is presented for collection.
“We are also going to be increasing our recycling collections where we think it will make a difference, educating people about which bin to use, improving our response to flytipping and taking action against those that dump in our city as part of our commitment to make Liverpool cleaner and greener.”
RECYCLING IN NUMBERS:
33 – percentage of waste recycled in Liverpool (projected 2016/17)
18,000 – tonnes of green waste collected (2016/17)
21,000 – tonnes of recyclable items wrongly placed in the purple bin every year
28,000 – houses receiving a weekly black sack collection
196,000 – houses receiving an alternate weekly collection of purple/blue bins
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