The new plastic bag recycling wheeled bins are available at all 18 Somerset CC's household waste recycling centres, and follow on from the recent introduction of household battery recycling bins, allowing the public to recycle even more of their household waste.
Steve Palfrey, waste services group manager at Somerset CC said: 'People are really getting behind recycling, and there is a lot of enthusiasm to do more. We work closely with our waste contractor, Viridor Waste Management, who run the sites on our behalf, to add more facilities to allow the public to recycle more of their waste. Our recycling rates at the centres are amongst the highest in the country, if not the highest, and new facilities like the plastic bag recycling bins, will help Somerset to continue to be one of the best counties for recycling in the country.'
For more information on the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Somerset and on recycling in general, contact Somerset CC on 0845 345 9188 or log on to www.recyclesomerset.info
There are 18 household waste recycling centres in Somerset, which are run under contract by Viridor Waste Management (Somerset) on behalf of Somerset CC.
Countywide, Somerset has a recycling target of 40% for 2005/06. The recycling rate for 2004/05 was 32%, compared to a national rate of 23%.
The recycling rate at the household waste recycling centres for 2005/06 was 73%.
The Somerset Waste Partnership is made up of the six local authorities in Somerset: Somerset CC, Mendip, South Somerset, Sedgemoor and West Somerset DCs, and Taunton Deane BC.
The Somerset Waste Action Programme is a joint venture between the Somerset Waste Partnership and the Carymoor Environmental Trust, to promote waste minimisation, reuse, recycling and composting in Schools and community groups.