Wednesday, 21 March 2012

New recycling system - your questions answered

At last night's Launceston Town Council there were a number of questions about the new recycling system that is being introduced from April 2nd across Cornwall.

Q. Why is the system changing?
A. Cornwall Council inherited the waste and recycling role from six different district councils all of which had their own contracts and ways of working. Combining into a single contract will save a lot of money for taxpayers. It's worth the pain of the reorganisation process.

Q. Will the same range of materials be collected?
A. Yes. There will be no cut in the range of recyclable materials collected. With my fellow Lib Dems, I have been pressing to get the range widened to include tetra-paks and other plastics and food waste.

Q. What if I haven't got my bags and boxes yet?
A. If you haven't received your new recycling bags and boxes then please call the council on 0300 1234 141 (calls are charged at the same rate as calls to 01 or 02 numbers*).

Q. When will the new system start?
A. The new contract starts on Monday April 2nd.

Q. Will collection days change?
A. Yes. Many collection days across Launceston will change. If you want to check when your collection day will be then call 0300 1234 141 or enter your postcode on the council's website here.

Q. I'm concerned about how bulky or heavy the new bags and boxes will be when full.
A. If carrying bags or boxes might be a problem for you or someone you know, please contact the Council on 0300 1234 141 to discuss how to make things easier. This may include doorstep (rather than kerbside) collections.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch.

*Apologies that the original post suggested that 0300 calls are free from landlines. They aren't but are charged at the same rate as calls to 01... and 02... numbers

1 comment:

James Bryant said...

What's the main stumbling block for not recycling a range of plastics? I know there are multiple types of plastic and are thus treated differently, but Cornwall doesn't do all the common ones that you can get recycled in Plymouth. Plastics are right there at the top of household waste and should have a very important priority if Cornwall is to take recycling seriously.