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Borough Rolls Out New Recycling Initiatives

Published on: 18 Apr, 2012
Updated on: 18 Apr, 2012

A number of new recycling initiatives are now being offered by Guildford Borough Council.

From Monday, April 23, people across the whole of the borough will be able to place more types of mixed plastics out for collection each week.

In addition to the plastics the council already collects, residents will be able to recycle yoghurt pots, food trays, and ice cream and margarine tubs, carrier bags, straws and bottle caps (plastic and metal) as well as tetra-pack foil-lined drinks cartons and clean and dry aluminium foil.

All the extra materials need to go in residents’ green boxes for collection on their normal day. If recycling is picked up in a purple sack residents can also put these new items in for collection.

In addition, old kettles, toasters and computers are just some of the small electrical items that residents can now recycle at seven of Guildford Borough Council’s bring bank sites in the borough.

The old electrical goods will be recycled to make new products. For example, there is enough metal in an iron to make 13 food cans.

The council has teamed up with Surrey County Council and DHL Envirosolutions to introduce the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) banks. Any small electrical item with a plug or powered by battery can be recycled at the bring sites, including irons, toys and hairdryers.

The new service will help reduce the amount of electrical equipment sent to landfill, which can cause environmental problems.

The seven bring bank recycling centres that will have the new WEEE banks are at:
Woking Road Depot; Tesco, Egerton Road; Coronation Gardens, Ash; Spectrum Leisure Centre; Sainsbury’s, Burpham; Millbrook car park, Guilford; Fairlands Community Centre.

The banks will be emptied by contractors working for DHL Envirosolutions, and the materials recycled in the UK.

Residents can take larger electrical items, such as washing machines and televisions, to the Community Recycling Centre on Slyfield Industrial Estate.

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