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Council announces review of recycling waste collections

Burnley Council is to carry out a review of the way it collects recyclable rubbish.

The review was announced last night (Wed 20th) at a meeting of the full council.

Currently recyclable materials such as paper, glass and plastics are collected every fortnight in sacks and boxes.

There are no proposals to alter the fortnightly general (claret bin) waste collection.

Councillor Lian Pate, the council’s executive member for community and environmental services, said: “The review will look at the way we collect recycling and whether the system can be improved by adopting a wheelie bin system instead and, if so, how we would do that. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution as different households have different circumstances; we want to find a system that works in the best way possible for our borough overall.

“We also want to make recycling easier for our residents and continue to improve the cleanliness of our streets.”

The recycling review will include:

* An analysis of national waste strategy

* A review of current waste collection and recycling operations. Our overall objectives include increasing recycling rates, making recycling easier for residents and improving street cleanliness

* Development of options for a tailored waste collection and recycling service, which meets the different needs of the different types of property within the borough

* Recommend a way forward

The review will begin immediately and be completed in time for a report to be considered by the council’s scrutiny committee in June, before going to the executive and full council for a final decision.

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