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Around 2,500 new households to benefit from recycling scheme

Around 2,500 new households across Allerdale will soon be benefitting from the Council’s successful purple bag recycling scheme.

The initiative is being extended and, from March will now include some of the more remote areas of the borough including Westnewton, Fletchertown, Uldale, Bassenthwaite Village, Borrowdale Valley, Thirlmere, Threlkeld, Portinscale and Lorton.

The purple bags aim to increase the amount of recycling that households can do as they can mix all types and colours of glass, plastic bottles and jars, metal food and drink cans, aerosols and plastic packaging such as yoghurt pots in the same bag. This is a much simpler process for residents as it saves time separating individual items.

Once collected, the purple bags are sent to a materials recycling facility and are then separated using a series of magnets, screenings and blowers.

Residents can use as many purple bags as they need and, once they are collected, fresh bags will be left to replace the used ones. Purple bags will be collected fortnightly on the same day as the paper bins.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Locality Services, said: “This has been a hugely popular scheme with our residents and our aim has always been to roll out the service to as many households across the borough as possible. The challenge we face is that we have a lot of rural and difficult to access areas for our refuse vehicles to reach but we have managed to address this by purchasing a smaller vehicle that is able to negotiate some of our narrower streets.

“This new roll out means that we are now providing purple bags to around 38,500 households across Allerdale, which as well as helping the environment, also reduces the cost to the Council of having to send waste to landfill.”

Further information can be found on the Council’s website, or by phoning the Customer Service Centre on 01900 702800.

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