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Glass recycling in Basingstoke moves ahead
ALMOST all residents in Basingstoke and Deane can now leave bottles and jam jars outside their homes to get them recycled.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has rolled out the final phase of its kerbside glass collection scheme to homes in areas such as Beggarwood, Buckskin, Overton and Whitchurch.
Only those in extreme rural areas – where large trucks cannot get through – can’t yet take part in the scheme. However, by the end of July, a fleet of smaller vehicles will be in place, delivering blanket coverage across the borough.
Councillor Robert Donnell, Cabinet member for the environment and climate change, said: “The borough is going greener and we want to help people to recycle all they can by making it as easy for them as possible.
“Most homes in the borough now have glass recycling, and we are doing everything we can to bring it to everyone.
“As the average home uses over 3,000 bottles and jars a year, collecting glass for recycling means we are stopping the need to throw it away in the grey rubbish bins if you cannot get to a bottle bank.”
Households have been provided with a plastic tub to fill with glass bottles and jars, which will be collected by waste teams every other week.
It is hoped that the scheme, funded through a reorganisation of the borough’s waste contract, will help boost the borough’s ailing recycling rate, which is currently around 23 per cent – the lowest in Hampshire.
For more information about kerbside glass collection, call 01256 844844 or visit basingstoke. gov.uk/gov.uk/go/recycle.