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Plastic and card recycling on way to Windermere and Bowness

4 November 2016

Residents in more areas in South Lakeland have been receiving new blue recycling bags ready for the start of plastic and cardboard kerbside collections.

Residents living in Windermere, Bowness, Troutbeck, Troutbeck Bridge, Hawkshead and Storrs will be getting their re-useable recycling bag delivered for storing plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, as well as cans, during November.

The blue bag deliveries started in Troutbeck Bridge and some areas of Windermere this week.

This is one of the largest phases in the roll-out of plastic and card recycling, both in terms of geography and numbers of properties, as part of a massive project to move every home in the district onto the new collections by the end of March next year.

This phase alone will add nearly 4,000 properties to the scheme, meaning it will take the whole of November to complete the bag deliveries.

A spokesman for South Lakeland District Council said: “This is one of the largest and most complex areas that we deliver to.

“We had previously announced that we would be introducing the plastic and card collections in these areas in the autumn, to avoid the main tourism period in the summer.

“But these are still busy areas even at this time of year, with many commercial holiday lets and houses in multiple occupation, so we are taking extra care to ensure we try to deliver bags to all the properties entitled to the new kerbside collections.

“We have set aside the whole of November to complete blue bag deliveries in this phase and may need to return to some areas a few times before we‘re finished.

“If anyone hasn’t received a blue bag by the end of November and thinks they should have got one then please give us a call and we will arrange for one to be sent out.’’

The plastic and card kerbside collections have already been rolled-out in areas including Kendal, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale and Milnthorpe.

Around 65% of households in the district are already receiving plastic and cardboard kerbside recycling.

For residents getting their bags in November an information leaflet about which container should be used for which material will also be delivered at the same time as the blue bags.

Residents can start using the new blue bag for storing plastic and cans as soon as they receive it and the blue bag will be picked up, along with the blue boxes and green waste, on the next recycling collection date on their calendars.

When residents start using the blue bag for plastic and cans, they should use one existing box for glass only, with the other to be used for paper and card - ensuring that the card is kept separate from the paper, as this helps with the recycling process.

Visit our dedicated bins and recycling section for useful guides and videos about which container to use for which recycling materials and what happens to your plastic after collection.

Figures show that tonnages of recycling are increasing as the additional kerbside recycling is rolled out.

In August this year we collected a record 526.46 tonnes of recyclables, easily beating the previous best August figure of 465.56 tonnes collected in 2014.

Council workers also picked up a best ever 1,392.60 tonnes of green waste last month, topping the previous record of 1,260.30 tonnes, again from August 2014.

Follow SLDC on Twitter  - @SouthLakelandDC – or ‘like’ the council’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southlakelanddistrictcouncil, for the latest updates, information and reminders about the collection changes.