Cheltenham Borough Council urged to recycle more plastics
BOROUGH council chiefs have been criticised for no longer recycling a number of plastic products.
Environmental leaders and residents have urged Cheltenham Borough Council to revise its recycling policy.
The council's recycling service, run by Ubico, does not collect mixed hard plastics such as fruit punnets, carrier bags, and yoghurt and margarine pots.
A council spokeswoman said it was because there is not currently a high demand for the recycled materials.
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She said: "Recycling needs to have an end use to enable it to be recycled and the market for selling on other plastics is not as well developed as the market for plastic bottles, which we are still accepting.
"This makes it more difficult to have mixed hard plastics recycled.
"If the markets pick up, then it's likely that this material will be acceptable again."
Cotswold District and Gloucester City and Forest of Dean District Councils all have the same policy as Cheltenham, but Stroud District Council does accept yoghurt and margarine tubs, as does Tewkesbury Borough Council.
Vision21, the independent sustainability charity in Gloucestershire, wants councils to find ways to recycle more.
Dave Entwistle, senior manager at Vision21, said: "Recycling more plastics should be pursued in Cheltenham.
"As a resident myself, I am disappointed that I cannot recycle as much as I could before I lived in Cheltenham."
One resident, who moved to Cheltenham from Worcester, said he was disappointed that the authority didn't recycle plastics here.
"I was shocked to discover a host of plastic items which were collected in Worcestershire are not collected in Cheltenham," he said.
"The authorities should be doing more to recycle so that less products are sent to landfill. They should be more environmentally friendly wherever possible."
For full details on what materials can be recycled in Cheltenham, go to the council's website cheltenham.gov.uk/recycling