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Plastic bottle collections come to Bridgnorth

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Bridgnorth-area residents are being reminded that they will be able to recycle plastic bottles from the kerbside for the first time from the week commencing Monday 31 October 2011.

The collection of plastic bottles is being introduced by Shropshire Council and their waste contractors Veolia Environmental Services.

The service has already been introduced in the Oswestry, north Shropshire, Shrewsbury and south Shropshire areas and, once introduced in Bridgnorth, will mean that the plastic bottles will be collected from the kerbside across the whole Shropshire Council area.

A collection calendar, which gives details about the new service, has been delivered to homes in the Bridgnorth area, and Veolia are holding a series of roadshow events across the area to allow people to find out more (see below for details).

When the new service starts, people will be asked to put their recycling out for collection in three kerbside collection boxes rather than two.

An extra recycling box is being delivered to households, along with a leaflet giving more information about the new service.

Residents will be asked to sort their recycling as follows: paper in one box, glass in another and plastic bottles in the third, with metals such as tins, cans, aerosols and foil.

Councillor Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for waste and recycling, said:

“The collection of plastic bottles from the kerbside has already proved extremely popular with residents in other areas of the county.  I’m pleased that this service will now be available to people in the Bridgnorth area too, and hope residents will make good use of the service to ensure that their plastic bottles are recycled.”

Donald Macphail, Managing Director of Veolia Shropshire, said:

“Only plastic bottles can be put out for collection. This includes most kitchen and bathroom bottles such as milk containers, soft drink bottles, shampoo bottles, and washing-up liquid bottles.  At present this is the only type of plastic which is widely and cost-effectively recycled in the UK.  Other types of plastic such as yoghurt pots and margarine tubs won’t be collected.”

For more information people can call 0345 678 9007 or visit www.recycleforshropshire.com.

Roadshow details
Tuesday 25 October – Albrighton Village Hall. High Street, Albrighton (9.30am to 6.30pm)
Thursday 27 October – Broseley, Victoria Hall coffee morning (10am-12pm).
Friday 28 October – Bridgnorth Market.
Saturday 29 October – Marks & Spencer (9am to 5pm)
Tuesday 1 November – Much Wenlock Town Council Corn (9am-1pm)