Newark and Sherwood District Council approved the introduction of a new kerbside glass recycling service across the district this week.
This decision follows a public survey, launched five weeks ago, which saw almost 93% of respondents wanting to see the new service. This represents more than 10 per cent of households in the district which is considered very high for any survey issued by any organisation.
At the moment, residents have to travel to a network of bottle banks to recycle their glass but the District Council was interested to find out whether residents would support a new service that collected their glass from outside their homes.
6,315 residents completed the survey. Of those, 5,854 said that they would like to see a kerbside glass recycling service introduced across Newark and Sherwood.
Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said:
“We want to make recycling as simple and easy as possible. While many residents use our network of bottle banks, collecting glass from peoples’ homes will make it more convenient for them and boost our recycling rate.
“Residents have told us that they would value a kerbside glass recycling service so we’re going to introduce one.
“After the Council has allocated the money – which I fully expect to happen next month – we’ll be getting on with the job of organising the new service. We’ll be ordering some new vehicles, lots of new bins and working out all the operational details.
“Newark and Sherwood covers the largest area of any Borough/District Council in Nottinghamshire and we need to recognise that not everyone’s needs are the same.
“For example, some people won’t want or haven’t the space for an extra bin and others in our District make use of the Recycling Ollerton and Boughton Scheme who we are keen to work alongside.
“Introducing a new kerbside glass recycling scheme is something we’re committed to, it’s another demonstration of our commitment to becoming cleaner, safer and greener and we’ll be rolling the new service out just as soon as we can receive delivery of new trucks.”