Norfolk’s Recycling Revolution is plastic fantastic

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerART

In just three weeks’ time, residents across Norfolk will be able to recycle a whole range of additional plastic materials in their kerbside recycling collection.

Norfolk’s councils have been working with Norfolk Environmental Waste Service (NEWS) to revolutionise the way we recycle in the county and from 1 October residents will be able to include plastic pots, tubs and trays in their recycling along with their plastic bottles and bottle tops.

£8m of investment by NEWS in the Materials Recycling Facility at Costessey has enabled high tech equipment to be installed which makes it possible to accept and effectively sort a much wider range of materials for recycling.

Cllr John Fisher, Chair of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, explained: “This change to the recycling service will make it so much easier for people to recycle their plastics. We will be able to recycle many of the items that people regularly pick up in their shopping each week – yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, pots used for soups and sauces, plastic meat or vegetable trays. From October, all these items can be placed in the recycling bin, as can bottle tops if they are left on the plastic bottles.

“We have been encouraging people to recycle plastic bottles for many years, although we notice that often bottles that live in the bathroom don’t get recycled – so we would encourage people to think about the plastics they have in every room in their home.”

Residents are being reminded to rinse all foodstuffs from plastic bottles, tubs, trays and pots as this helps to reduce contamination, improving the value of the end materials. It also means that recycling bins stay fresh.

The better the quality of the recycling that goes into the processor, the higher the
value as it can be turned into useful, saleable materials. These include replacement
woods products for the garden such as fencing and garden furniture along with plastic bins and buckets, clothing and toys.

In addition to the new plastics, from 1 October 2014, residents will also be able to
recycle glass bottles and jars, and cartons such as the ones used for soups and juices in their kerbside recycling collection.

More information about the Recycling Revolution campaign and the new recycling
service will be available from 22 September 2014 at Additionally you can follow the campaign on Twitter using #RecyclingRevolution.

In addition to household recycling collections, residents can recycle a very wide
range of materials at Norfolk’s network of 20 recycling centres. For more information


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