Mini Recycling Banks get a boost in #Southend
18th January 2012
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Mini Recycling bank boost in Southend

Don’t forget that among Southend’s recycling opportunities, you can deposit your recycling safely in the borough’s mini-banks!

This reminder call is being made to residents, as the popular mini-banks are currently being perked up.

Different coloured glass can now be mixed there in the same container, instead of having to collect them in separate containers as previously. But they will all still be recycled.

Meanwhile, other materials, like plastic bottles and drinks cans, will also be mixed in one container instead of separate ones, but again, they will all continue to be recycled too.

These changes are possible because Cory Environmental, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s waste, recycling and cleansing contractor, now has an extra new vehicle capable of emptying and collecting recyclable materials. Fewer mini-banks will therefore be needed but there will still be mini-banks at all existing locations across the borough.

This gives the chance for a much more responsive and regular service than before, when a sub contractor had to be specially employed for the purpose.

The new more frequent emptying service should reduce the overflowing problem that is sometimes experienced.

However, should anyone note an overflowing bank they can report this to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Customer Service Centre on 01702 215006, where it will be dealt with swiftly.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Tony Cox said: “We would like to thank residents for their continued efforts to recycle and help us try to reach our 60 per cent recycling target by 2015.

“Whilst the majority of residents prefer to use pink recycling sacks - where all these materials like glass, cans, and plastic bottles, can already be mixed in each sack - the mini-banks continue to contribute to Southend’s recycling total.”

In 2010/11 around 34,000 tonnes of materials were recycled or composted in Southend-on-Sea with just over 800 tonnes being collected in mini-banks.

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