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Making it easier for residents to recycle - glass doorstep collection service launched in Medway

Date: 13/06/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

Medway residents will soon be able to recycle glass products through the council’s blue box and bag collection scheme. From July 1 glass products like drink bottles and jam jars can be put in the blue boxes and bags, along with other recyclable items like newspapers and plastic bottles. Flat glass items like windows, drinking glasses, light bulbs and ovenware cannot be recycled through the blue box and bag scheme and would need to be placed securely in refuse bin bags or taken to the household recycling centres for disposal. Medway’s household recyclable material is sent Veolia’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Rainham, Essex, which has just undergone an extensive refurbishment programme that enables the facility to separate out glass from other recyclable materials. The glass collection is part of Medway Council’s ongoing campaign to make it easier for residents to recycle their household waste and send less waste to landfill. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “Medway residents already recycle more materials than ever before. The introduction of glass recycling through kerbside collections will mean that everyone can do even more to ensure they do their bit for the environment and send even less waste to landfill. “I am very excited by this new collection, which residents have been asking for some time, and proves the council’s commitment to being recycling champions.” Residents can request a blue box by calling Customer First on 01634 333333 or email customer.first@medway.gov.uk Extra blue bags are available at the council’s contact points in Chatham, Strood, Rochester, Gillingham and Rainham. Recycling tips: Recycling is collected fortnightly. Please put out your recycling by 7am on collection day and make sure it’s next to, but separate from, your rubbish for landfill. Don’t put extra recycling out in black bags – these are treated as rubbish for landfill and will not be recycled. If you run out of blue bags you can collect more free from Medway Council contact points – call 01634 333333 for more information. Reduce your waste and improve the condition of your garden at the same time by investing in a compost bin. Visit www.recyclenow.com/home_composting to order a reduced-price compost bin. Fact file: How do I recycle glass using my blue box and bag? Put your glass bottles and jars in your blue box or bag along with all your normal recycling. Medway’s household recyclable material is sent to Veolia’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Rainham, Essex, which has just undergone an extensive refurbishment programme that enables the facility to separate out glass from other recyclable materials What types of glass can be recycled? You can put glass bottles or jars of any colour in your blue box or bag. Other glass items (for example window glass, drinking glasses, light bulbs or Pyrex) cannot be recycled from home – please place these securely with your non-recyclable rubbish. What happens to glass that’s recycled in my blue box and bag? Glass collected will be recycled in a number of ways, including as a substitute for aggregates, in filtration systems, in brick making and as fibreglass insulation. I have a lot of glass from a party – what should I do? Please be considerate to the collection crews and don’t place a box or bag full of glass out for collection. Either mix your glass with other materials to spread the weight or take excess glass bottles or jars to your local bottle bank. To find out where this is visit www.medway.gov.uk/recyclenow or call 01634 333333.