Flats to receive plastic recycling across Colchester

Plans to roll out a plastic recycling scheme to flats across Colchester have been implemented by Council chiefs.

Facilities to allow the first phase of plastic recycling for residents living in flats across the Borough are being put in place by the town’s waste management team.

The policy was first mooted last December at a scrutiny meeting when the previous portfolio holder for waste confirmed plans would be implemented by April of this year.

In June, the Colchester Council Cabinet members voted in favour to extend the existing plastic recycling scheme to flats.

Cllr. Martin Goss (Lib), Portfolio Holder for Waste said: “The latest figures for recycling rates across the borough show that recycling is continuing to rise and it’s clear how important recycling services are to local residents.

“I’m therefore delighted that during National Recycling Week we’ve been able to provide plastic recycling facilities to almost two thirds of flat residents in this first phase.”

Council officials say most residents of flats have been able to recycle paper, cans and glass using communal bins of designated kerbside collection points.

Communal plastic recycling bins are being distributed to some places and residents who receive the new bins are being asked to wash their recyclable plastic and place them in the bin. The bins will be collected weekly.