A new initiative to see more plastic recycled in Bolsover District has got underway to help residents recycle more than ever.
We are asking residents to start recycling flexible plastics along with their regular burgundy bin recycling. The move comes years ahead of the government making the recycling of such plastics mandatory.
Flexible plastics include carrier bags, bubble wrap, confectionery wrappers and the film tops that come on products such as grape and strawberry punnets.
To recycle these products residents are asked to place all flexible plastics inside a single plastic carrier bag and tie the top. This is so the pickers at the recycling sorting plant can easily spot them and remove them in one pick from the rest of the recyclables.
Cabinet member for environment Councillor Deborah Watson said: “As a council we are always looking forward at innovative ways to make the district be more environmentally friendly and this is an easy way to help residents recycle more of their everyday waste.
“We’re bringing this in well ahead of the government 2027 requirement because we are keen to recycle as much as possible. We’re being proactive in bringing this forward to help achieve our priority to improve the environment.”
Bin calendars will be sent to households with the update later in November this year.