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New commercial glass collections

Recycling in West Oxfordshire will soon be given a boost with the introduction of a new commercial waste collection service for glass.

The District Council has also obtained funding to start a commercial cardboard recycling service and details about this scheme will be announced soon.

The glass recycling scheme was approved at the District Council's Cabinet meeting following the report of a successful trial, which took place over the Christmas period involving 26 licensed premises.

Businesses were asked for comments about the Christmas-time glass recycling collection trial and all those who responded said that they were extremely happy with the service and hoped it would continue.

One of the trial participants was Reg Neale from the Palace Nightclub in Witney. Commenting on the scheme he said, "I'm just really pleased that the glass we normally throw away every week will now be put back to good use. The trial went really well. The Council does a good job and we’ll certainly be signing up for the new service."

A survey was sent out to businesses in West Oxfordshire last year and 93% said that they would prefer to see their waste recycled than go to landfill.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, "We have wanted to offer a commercial waste recycling service for some time and I am delighted that West Oxfordshire is in the forefront of doing this. It is a really good step forward and thanks are due to the hard work of council staff in helping to make this possible. From the survey and pilot exercise we know that we have the support of local companies and so I am sure this new scheme will be a success."

The commercial glass recycling collection service starts in April 2007. Any businesses interested in joining should contact Street Scene on 01993 861020 or email env.services@westoxon.gov.uk.

The commercial glass recycling service will be reviewed after one year, but with the hope that it will continue permanently.

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Posted : 23/02/2007 19:07:39

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