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Brentwood Council urging residents to recycle this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 13:36 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:36 27 November 2013

Darren Laver, streetscene operations manager, Dawn Taylor, business support services manager, and Cllr Keith Parker sorting through rubbish to show what can be recycled

Darren Laver, streetscene operations manager, Dawn Taylor, business support services manager, and Cllr Keith Parker sorting through rubbish to show what can be recycled

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The importance of recycling over the festive period has been highlighted by Brentwood Borough Council.

Residents are being urged to take advantage of their collection service as the number of recyclable items being left in black bags has been increasing.

The rates for kerbside recycling in the borough have risen to 53 per cent, but a recent Essex waste analysis showed 70 per cent of items binned could have been recycled.

This included items which can decompose (41 per cent), such as fruit and vegetable peelings (13 per cent), cooked and prepared food (11 per cent) and garden waste (six per cent).

Suitable products for orange bags include cardboard, clean plastics, but not clingfilm, and metals such as cans and clean aluminium foil.

Cllr Keith Parker, spokesman for environmental issues, said: “I am pleased that Brentwood residents are helping us by recycling more, but I want everyone to be conscious of increasing the amount we recycle.

“By recycling 10 per cent more, we could potentially earn almost £32,000.”

Throughout December, a roadshow will be held to highlight the issue.

It will visit Brentwood’s High Street on December 12 and Brentwood Library on December 19.

For information about collections during the festive period, visit www.brentwood.gov.uk.


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