SEFTON Council is to spend £400,000 on blue wheelie bins for residents to recycle glass.
The move comes following a government announcement that requires some items of recyclable waste to be collected separately as part of its new Environment Bill.
The local authority want to purchase 100,000 blue wheelie bins so locals across the borough can separate glass from cardboard, which is usually all put in brown bins.
For those who don’t have wheelie bins, such as residents who live in terraced houses, the council also revealed a plan to buy 5,000 ‘European-style’ communal bins.
Peter Moore, Sefton Council’s Head of Highways and Public Protection, said: “This change to collecting glass recycling items would make a positive contribution to Sefton’s Climate Change Strategy as well as to the region’s environmental impact.”
This is due to the weight of glass collected, which is around 7,000 tonnes annually.
The council say that collecting glass separately produces much higher quality material which can be used for closed loop recycling, and used for re-melt rather than aggregate, making it ‘infinitely recyclable’ into new glass jars and bottles.
The quality of the other materials, such as paper, cardboard and tin cans, collected in brown bins will also deliver better quality material for recycling.
The cost of the plan and the updating of the cleansing vehicle fleet will be offset by £400,000 of recycling income generated annually over ten years from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, as a result of Sefton Council removing glass from its general recycling collections.
Mr Moore added: “I realise it would mean we are asking residents to separate out their glass items from other recycling but residents across the borough have been supportive of recycling and our climate change agenda, particularly as it as a way of us keeping down costs too.”
In its Environment Bill, which could become law in late 2020, the Government is asking for one ‘core’ item of recycling to be collected separately.
Having reviewed the core items, due to weight of the product, the ease with which it can be separated and the potential for generating income, Sefton proposed removing glass from the current brown bin collection.
If approved at a Cabinet meeting due to be held tomorrow (Thursday, September 3) the bins would be procured through a competitive process for delivery in February and March next year. Separate glass recycling collections would start in March and April.
Mr Moore added: “This fits well with other actions we are taking to improve waste storage, collection and recycling.
“This autumn we will be providing wheeled bins to approximately 5,000 houses that currently rely on black bin bag collections and, in early 2021 European-style, communal bins to approximately 5,000 others where a wheeled bin isn’t practical.”