Council elastic on plastic as recycling expanded

Recycling has been expanded in Stevenage, with previously rejected plastics accepted from tomorrow (Saturday).

Plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottle lids of any colour will be accepted in residents’ black boxes in addition to plastic bottles, cans and foil, although Tetra Paks and plastic bags will not be picked up.

The borough council hopes the green initiative will boost the current 40 per cent rate of waste recycling to its target of 50 per cent.

John Gardner, executive member for Environment and Regeneration, said many people had called for the move, which will make it easier to recycle more, as well as cut costs.

“With half a million tonnes of waste being produced each year in Hertfordshire and landfill tax rising annually, we need to recycle more in order to meet the rising cost of disposing of our waste.

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“We believe that investing in new recycling services rather than paying more and more to send waste to landfill represents a far better use of public money.”

Additional black boxes are available free by calling 01438 242323 or emailing

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