Turning bottles to bathroom tiles

A WESTON man is hoping to turn bottles to bathroom tiles in a new recycling scheme. Father-of-three Simon Kerrigan, of Exford Close in the Coronation estate, says his novel idea came to him when he realised how wasteful people can be.

A WESTON man is hoping to turn bottles to bathroom tiles in a new recycling scheme.

Father-of-three Simon Kerrigan, of Exford Close in the Coronation estate, says his novel idea came to him when he realised how wasteful people can be.

He said: "We recycle most of the rubbish in our house. People do not realise that plastic bottles can be melted down to make park benches or even bathroom tiles and cardboard can be re-used for packaging.

"The council already collects a lot of recycling but there is so much more we can be doing. I want to recycle plastic and coloured cardboard which the council doesn't currently collect.


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"The Americans recycle almost everything. Each household sends a small carrier bag of waste to landfill because it is all recycled. Other countries impose major fines if people put recyclable material in with normal rubbish."

Simon, aged 43, is currently doing a National Entrepreneur course which he hopes to complete in a few months. He will then be looking at working with the council to trial the extra collections in parts of Weston, before making it a wide-spread scheme.

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He said: "I had been thinking about the idea for a while when a friend suggested I try to set up a company specifically for recycling. It annoys me when you think that the majority of waste we produce could easily be recycled and people do not bother.

"I am very passionate about it and really want to make it work."

Simon's wife Jacqui and his sons James, aged 11, Matt, aged eight, and seven-year-old Sam are all behind him.

North Somerset Council currently collects aluminium foil, glass, paper, shoes, textiles, tins and cans in the kerbside collections. It does not collect aerosol spray cans, plastic, batteries, cardboard, oil, window or self-seal envelopes. However, cardboard, car batteries and engine oil can be recycled at recycling centres.

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