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6,000 join recycling scheme
Paper banks
More people are being encouraged to recycle
A further 6,000 people are set to recycle their rubbish in Wrexham.

Three years ago, the county was the worst in Wales with just three per cent of residents recycling their waste.

However, the number of households recycling their waste in the borough has now increased to 24,000.

The new kerbside scheme will begin from 1 November and participating households should have received their new bins already.

New villages in recycling scheme
Minera
Bwlchgwyn
Coedpoeth
New Broughton
Moss
Brynteg
Pentre Broughton
Caego
In 2001 the council sent 97% of household waste into landfill sites.

There are more than 57,000 households in Wrexham and the authority has an ultimate target to recycle 40-50% of waste by 2010.

"We hope that householders find the new service helps them recycle more," said the council's chief community services officer, John Bradbury.

"Participation means that we will reduce the amount of rubbish that is currently sent to landfill sites.

"People will be amazed at the difference recycling makes to the waste that is normally placed in the ordinary household bin, as well as the difference it makes to the environment," he added.

The scheme has been announced during the UK's National Recycling Week.

The initiative aims to raise public awareness to the recycling of household waste.

Under the kerbside collection scheme Wrexham residents will be able to recycle glass and plastic bottles, jars, cans, tins, aerosols, newspapers, magazines and garden waste.

In July, a new 1.5m recycling centre opened its doors in Wrexham.

The new purpose-built facility at Wrexham Industrial Estate in Bryn Lane was funded by the county council and the Welsh Assembly.

The local authority had hoped the county's waste could be dealt with by an incinerator, which would also have been built on the town's industrial estate.

The new plant, which was rejected by councillors after months of protest by local people, would have dealt with 120,000 tonnes of waste each year.




SEE ALSO:
Wrexham defends recycling record
08 Jan 04  |  North East Wales
City recycling pilot takes off
19 Oct 04  |  South East Wales
Incinerator plan dropped
15 Apr 03  |  North East Wales
Green scheme reduces waste
14 Sep 02  |  Wales


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