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Plans to expand recycling service

Kerbside collections of cardboard and a kitchen waste pick-up service are being proposed by Cheltenham councillors.

The new scheme would provide 45,000 homes in the borough with brown kitchen bins for food scraps.

Collections would be free of charge and the waste would be composted rather than sent to landfill sites.

At least 20% of household waste is food, which under the present system, is thrown in to rubbish bins and sent to landfills, the council said.

But the current fortnightly collection of garden waste would be replaced by a paid-for weekly service, operating alongside the kitchen waste collection.

Householders wishing to participate in this collection will "opt in" at the cost of 2.50 per month and be provided with a special wheeled bin.

People want to be able to dispose of their waste in a low cost, environmentally friendly way
Rob Bell, assistant director of operations

The garden and food waste would both be put into this bin.

Grey kitchen cardboard, such as cereal boxes and kitchen roll tubes, would be placed in the existing green boxes, along with paper, magazines, tins and glass.

Rob Bell, assistant director for operations, said: ''The proposed improvements reflect feedback that we have received from our customers.

"People want to be able to dispose of their waste in a low cost, environmentally friendly way.

"If approved, these will be welcome changes to the service we currently offer.''

The recommendations will be put before the council's Cabinet meeting on 28 October and if approved, will go to full council in December for a final decision.

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