Weekly waste collections to boost recycling

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Liverpool’s familiar bins at Preston Street. Pic @ Wikimedia Commons

Liverpool City Council will be increasing fortnightly recycling services to weekly for thousands of people across the city.

More than 5,500 apartment blocks in the city centre will be offered the new service as part of a bid to boost recycling rates.

The announcement forms part of a series of news measures to be introduced over the next six months.

The city currently recycles a third of its waste but the council is under pressure to prevent a further 21,000 tonnes of recyclable items going to landfill.

As part of the initiative, the council will consider replacing recycling boxes with larger 90 litre reusable sacks for 28,000 terraced homes in Liverpool.

Work will also begin on the improving the alleyways of these terraced homes where recycling is made difficult due to broken pavements or lack of capacity.

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “We are the only big city to be still increasing our recycling rate, but we recognise that we started from a lower base.

“One reason for this is the high proportion of terraced properties in Liverpool, which we know from other cities always have lower recycling rates. That’s why a big part of our next campaign is to look at ways of driving up recycling in those streets.

“What we are going to be doing over the next year is 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.

“I get many complaints from residents living in terraced properties about the condition of their alleyways, which is why we are launching a major improvement drive in the spring which will see us replacing paving and carrying out other environmental improvements, as well as giving them better facilities to present their rubbish.”

The initiative follows news that councils are neglecting their right to make recycling compulsory, despite having to provide services by law. According to Sky News, out of 200 councils that responded to a Freedom of Information Act request, just 12 confirmed that they considered it mandatory for households.

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