Ribble Valley push to recycle more paper and card

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Householders in the Ribble Valley are being encouraged to recycle more waste paper and cardboard.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is to take its kerbside collection of waste paper and cardboard in-house from July 1st in a drive to increase efficiency and boost recycling rates.

Private contractors have run the borough’s popular “white sack” collection scheme on alternate weeks throughout the year for the past 12 years.

Initially, there will be no change to collection days, but eventually the service will be aligned with the wheelie bin collection service.

Coun. Robert Thompson, chairman of the council’s community services committee, said: “The white sack service has been valued by local residents for many years, but by taking it in-house and eventually aligning it with the rest of our refuse collection service we hope to make it more customer-focussed and increase participation rates.

“Ribble Valley Borough Council aims to collect as much waste paper and card as possible, not only because it helps to protect the planet, but also to contribute towards the cost of providing the service through income generated from the sale of the paper and cardboard. We hope as many residents as possible will take part in the new scheme and help us make our valley cleaner and greener.”

Ribble Valley households are scheduled to receive green wheelie bins for the collection of uncooked food and garden waste in October. Gardened properties in the borough will receive 240-litre bins in exchange for their 140-litre bins, which will be redistributed to non-garden properties.

UK households produce over 30 million tonnes of waste a year, of which around 40% is recycled, compared to 70% in other European countries. Recycling conserves raw materials and protects natural habitats, reduces the need for mining, quarrying and logging, and refining and processing raw materials, all of which create substantial air and water pollution.

l If you need a white sack for the collection of waste paper and cardboard, phone Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.