Millions to be spent on recycling for residents

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

MORE than £2.5million could soon be lent to North Somerset Council to help it tackle recycling rates.

MORE than £2.5million could soon be lent to North Somerset Council to help it tackle recycling rates.

Wheelie bins and another four rubbish containers could be delivered to all the district's residents by July in a bid to go green.

The local authority has now produced a fully-costed plan on how much it would cost it to purchase the items it needs and deliver them.

The price tag has come in at a whopping £2,792,703, but could stop the council being slammed with massive Government fines for having waste sent to landfill.

The unitary authority plans to borrow the money, rather than use the £2million originally budgeted for and set aside, which will now be used for other 'high priority capital projects'.

The council plans to drop off a kerbside box for non-food and gardening items, a kitchen caddy for food waste and another larger one for outside.

For those residents who cannot have wheelie bins, the council is planning to supply refuse and container sacks for the different items.

Larger containers will be supplied to blocks of flats and other larger households.

A report detailing the cost of the containers is waiting to be signed off by executive member for environment Councillor Carl Francis-Pester.

The council's aim is to start distribution of the containers by June 21 and to have them all delivered by July 9.

Initial indications show that about 100,000 wheelie bins will need to be ordered, along with another 80,000 kitchen caddies and a similar amount of outside food containers. About 90,000 kerbside dry recycling boxes are also set to be distributed, as well as nearly two million sacks.

Currently, about 41 per cent of waste in North Somerset is recycled, but landfill taxes are still making a major dent in the council budget.

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