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COUNTY LEADS ON PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING

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A new facility at Somerset's household waste recycling centres was unveiled this week, with the introduction of rec...
A new facility at Somerset's household waste recycling centres was unveiled this week, with the introduction of recycling bins for all types of plastic bags.

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.

Hazel Prior-Sankey, portfolio holder for transport and waste said: 'It is great for the public that more and more recycling facilities are being added to the household waste recycling centres. The best way to deal with plastic bags is to not accept them in the first place. You can either reuse the old ones, or take a sturdy bag of your own when you go shopping. We realise that there will be times when people use plastic bags, and now they have the ability to recycle them rather than throwing them away.'

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

Notes

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.

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