Ernie Clark. Hilperton Division, Wiltshire Council.

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Friday October 14, 2005 Kerbside recycling takes a big step forward.

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A press release has been issued by WWDC.
The district council press release reads as follows.

The majority of homes in West Wiltshire will have full kerbside recycling by the end of this financial year, thanks to a partnership between the District Council and Wiltshire County Council.

At present, most properties in the five towns of Bradford on Avon, Melksham, Trowbridge, Warminster and Westbury have a fortnightly collection of paper, glass, cans, foil and textiles using the ‘black box’ system. In addition, homes in the Melksham and Trowbridge areas have alternate weekly collections of compostable waste from 'green bins’.

It has now been agreed that green bins are provided to the remaining towns and accessible rural areas, and black boxes will be made available in those areas not already part of that scheme.

Peter Woodcock, the corporate director in charge of recycling, said: “We commissioned a report from ROTATE, the Recycling & Organics Advisory Team, to see what the best step would be for improving recycling in West Wiltshire in the most cost-effective way. Their advice was to expand the alternate weekly collections of recycling and non-recycling across the district, and Wiltshire County Council has supported this approach by funding the bins and boxes needed.”

Cabinet agreed at its meeting on 15 June to support the expansion of recycling schemes, and work will now begin on starting the new arrangements in the Autumn. Councillor Rosemary Brown, the environmental services portfolio holder, said: “Thanks to the marvellous support of local people, we achieved 15.7% recycling in 2004/05 and our target was to be recycling nearly a third of all rubbish by 2010. However, these new arrangements should enable us to meet that aim five years early. We cannot keep burying our rubbish in the ground - by providing the most comprehensive recycling schemes that we can, we are hopeful that local people will continue to support a greener West Wiltshire. We have taken on board views from the public so far and will continue to publish information to assist people with their recycling. We will review progress on a regular basis and welcome any further feedback from our customers.”