Three-bin boost to recycling plan
A failing scheme involving recycling kitchen waste is to be scrapped at the end of the month.
Harborough District Council is ditching the system which involves brown kitchen waste boxes and green and blue kerbside collection boxes.
A new scheme will continue to use the existing green and black wheelie bins, but also see the introduction of a new blue-lidded bin with removable insert for paper.
Council recycling spokesman Janette Ackerley said: "Thanks to these improvements, we can recycle more and make things easier for people, who can put most of their recycling into a single bin rather than spend time sorting through it."
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People can use the new bin for plastics, cans, tins, glass, cardboard, yogurt pots, margarine tubs, aerosols, juice cartons and the removable insert for paper.
She said it would save money by streamlining collections and help the council get more value from the recycled materials collected.
She added: "It will also be better for the environment."
Harborough District Council was the first authority in the county to introduce the system across its 33,000 households in May 2010.
But it failed to gain popular support with many residents composting their scraps. Also, annual collection costs almost doubled to £48,595
When it was first announced that the scheme would be scraped, council leader Michael Rook said: "I am very sad that this brave experiment with kitchen waste has failed."
The new bins are being delivered to all homes in the district during October.
People will be able to keep other boxes or hand them in at a series of collection points to be announced.
A leaflet and calendar will be delivered with the new blue-lidded bins during October.
Market Harborough green campaigner Darren Woodiwiss had opposed the new system, which is known as co-mingling.
He wrote to the council expressing his reservations about a system which could have seen wet paper products being mixed with plastics and glass.
Residents in the Harborough district already recycle more than any other district in Leicestershire.
The area has a 58.1 per cent recycling rate and have helped the district hit the top 10 for recycling nationally.