Published: Mon 28 October, 2019
New stackable recycling trolleys are being trialled with 250 residents in North West Leicestershire as part of the district council’s Recycle more… campaign.
North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is working to support residents in increasing the district’s recycling rate to 50 per cent in the next three years.
Feedback has shown that many residents find the current system of several boxes and bags confusing, difficult to manage and easily blow away in windy conditions.
The new recycling trolleys consist of stackable containers on wheels, are significantly more robust and convenient and are being trialled by the 250 residents over the next six months. Feedback will then be collected by the district council with a view to making a new recycling trolley available to all residents, if the trial is deemed a success.
The trolley still requires residents to initially sort their own recycling, before it is taken to the council’s recycling depot where the plastic, aluminium and steel is further separated. All separated recycling is sold for around £500,000 per year – much more than if it was mixed in one bin. This money is reinvested into the council’s services.
Coalville resident Patricia Pearce is one of the 250 people taking part in the trial and received her new trolley earlier this month. Patricia said: “I’ve only just received my trolley and I already think it’s wonderful.
“My initial thoughts are that it’s tidier, more convenient and much easier to get everything to the kerbside.
“I leapt at the chance to take part in the trial. I’m passionate about recycling and I’m a regular voluntary litter picker in the district. We all need to do more when it comes to recycling and take some responsibility for it – and I’m glad NWLDC is making changes to support residents in achieving a better recycling rate.”
Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “We’re asking residents to recycle more than ever before and we’re fully aware that we need to offer support and improvements to make this happen.
“We believe the trolleys are a massive improvement on the current system, but it’s important for us to find out if residents agree with us. We’re also taking feedback from the crews on how easy the recycling trolleys are to collect and empty.
“We’re on a three year journey to improve the district’s recycling rate to 50 per cent and we want residents to be on that journey with us for the good of the environment and the future of our planet.”
For updates and to find out more about the Recycle more… campaign, visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/recyclemore