New recycling collections off to a great start

Plastic bottle and cardboard collections off to a great start

Fortnightly kerbside collections of plastic bottles and cardboard started in north Wiltshire last month(October 10). In the first month alone, 225 tonnes of plastic bottles and cardboard have been collected from 58,000 houses.

Conservative  portfolio holder for waste, Cllr Linda Conley said

“We are off to a flying start. People in north Wiltshire have done tremendously well and have already diverted 225 tonnes of waste from landfill. The introduction of this new plastic bottle and cardboard collection is the first step in delivering the council’s key objective of providing a harmonised waste service to residents across Wiltshire, and encouraging a significant improvement in recycling rates. Both the government and the council have targets to increase household recycling rates to 50 percent by 2020. Wiltshire’s current performance is 41 percent.”

The new service is in addition to the existing fortnightly black box collection for recycling paper, cans, glass, foil, clothes and shoes.

All households in north Wiltshire received a collection calendar through the post informing when their collections would be, together with a leaflet giving more information about what can be recycled in the new bin. Residents can also check their collection dates and find out more information online at

Linda Conley added: “Collections have currently been restricted to plastic bottles because these are normally made of good quality plastics and there is a stable market for them. However, as more UK recycling infrastructure comes on line, in the future it may be possible to collect a wider range of plastics for recycling. With a countywide plastic bottle-only collection already in place, it would be fairly easy to increase the range of plastics if the opportunity arises.” 

Residents wishing to recycle other plastic packaging marked with a 1, 2 or 3 can do so at any of Wiltshire’s household recycling centres. For information people can visit, where a video can be viewed explaining the new waste and recycling collection service.

Blue lidded bins for the collection of plastic bottles and cardboard have been delivered to more than 58,000 households living in north Wiltshire. Anyone that has not received a blue lidded bin and has not notified the council should call 0300 456 0102.

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