Recycling is up due to new bin

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Amber Valley Borough Council has increased its recycling output by 230 tonnes per month since a new waste collection system was put in place.

The new recycling service began in November - allowing people to put all of their waste into a single wheelie bin instead of having to divide it between coloured boxes.

This week the council says the system has helped improve its recycling figures compared with data from December 2011.

Cabinet portfolio holder for green and thriving places to live Cllr Martin Tomlinson, said: “Residents are welcoming the ease of use of the new system and its flexibility in taking extra materials, such as plastics and additional cardboard.

“It is even more pleasing that these improvements have been achieved at no increased cost to the taxpayer.”

The new grey bins can be used to recycle paper, card, cans, and plastic. They have a separate caddy within the bin to collect glass.

The new service came as a result of negotiations with waste disposal firm Veolia to extend its contract with the council for a further seven years. A free garden waste service is due to start in April, although it has caused controversy with the opposing Labour group - which has deemed it an unnecessary expense to an authority currently making cutbacks.