Working hard to hit 70% recycling target
TRIALLING a new waste scheme at Hempsted Household Recycling Centre will help Gloucestershire County Council hit tough Government targets, it is hoped.
A drive to help people recycle more is launching this week.
From today, people taking rubbish bags to the Gloucester centre will be asked for permission to check bin bags for extra recyclables.
The scheme is totally voluntary, with visitors not expected to wait while recyclable material is removed.
Gents, come in to Earl's & Co and enjoy a haircut and finish, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £18.50
Terms: Later and earlier appointments available upon request
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
All waste will be disposed of safely and confidentially, and no records will be kept about an individual's rubbish.
Shire Hall has an aim of 70 per cent recycling by 2030.
Research has shown up to 50 per cent of rubbish in black bags taken to household recycling centres could be recycled.
Councillor Ray Theodoulou, cabinet member for finance and change, said: "The county council is working hard to increase our recycling.
"Reaching 70 per cent would make us one of the best in Europe.
"It's a challenging aim and voluntary initiatives like this can help to achieve it.
"Bags will only be sorted with prior consent at the recycling centres and no roadside collections will be affected."
Last year more than £1million was paid out for landfill charges from recycling centres alone.
Councils are charged £72 for every tonne of waste that goes to landfill.