Glass recycling bins to be axed
A council says it is making its recycling operation easier to use while saving more than £200,000 a year.
For eight years, Blaby District Council has operated a three-bin system for recycling.
The scheme was launched in October 2004 with a custom-made DVD, hosted by broadcaster Ben Fogle, explaining how the system worked.
But from spring next year, another scheme will take over with two bins.
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The authority says the change will make it easier to recycle because cans, plastics, paper and cardboard will all go into the same wheelie bin, allowing the council to reduce the number of bin lorries it uses from six to three.
But glass – which costs the council about £200,000 to collect because of rising fuel costs and falling prices – will no longer be collected.
The council will instead rely on people to take glass to bottle banks. It aims to provide more of them.
The new scheme has been tried out by thousands of residents in Leicester Forest East, Narborough and other villages in recent months.
Rob Simms, 76, who lives in Narborough, said: "I was happy with the old system but I'm happy enough with the new system, too.
"We don't have a lot of glass to recycle and there's a bottle bank at our supermarket, so we're happy to take it there.
"At least they consulted people and did the trial before changing the system."
Dan Foster, 43, who lives in the village, said: "If they've got to cut costs it's best to do it in a way like this. I don't think many people will mind."
Sue Parkin, 54, who also lives in Narborough, said: "I think it might make people more keen to recycle if they don't have to think about it so much."
About 48 per cent of the household waste in the district is recycled and Councillor Guy Jackson, Blaby's council member for neighbourhood services, said this figure would probably rise as the new system made it easier.
He said: "This new scheme will not only make recycling easier for residents but save money and reduce the council's carbon footprint."
Under the new system, refuse collections will continue to be made weekly and recycling will be collected fortnightly.
Residents will receive a 240 litre recycling wheelie bin before the new system comes in.