Recycling rates in the Borough are set to soar as Basildon Council makes pink sack collection weekly from August 1st.
The Council is responding to requests from residents by increasing the pink sack recycling service to be on the same day as the green bin and black sack collection. To coincide with the extra collection the Council is extending the service to include long-life cartons, jar lids and metal bottle tops and aluminium foil. Pink sacks, for cardboard, paper, plastic and cans are currently collected fortnightly.
As part of the plans to encourage more recycling free black refuse sacks will no longer be distributed around the Borough, with the money saved being used to fund extra recycling collections. Residual waste will still be collected every week in suitable bags – so long as they are not pink, to avoid mixing with recycled materials.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Councillor Malcolm Buckley, Cabinet Member for the Environment"]We are committed to helping residents recycle as much as possible – which is why we are making the pink sack collections weekly. We understand that many residents don’t have room to store pink sacks for a fortnight, which is why we are making collections as easy as possible. We want to keep improving the services received by our residents and that is why we have extended the service to include more recyclables – now householders can recycle more than ever before. If Basildon is to become one of the greenest Boroughs in the country, we will need every resident to do their bit.[/quote]
It is estimated that the extra material recycled will allow the Council to pass its recycling target of 50% by 2012.