Raising a glass to Norfolk’s Recycling Revolution!

Photo: James Cridland

Photo: James Cridland

From Wednesday, 1 October 2014, residents across Norfolk will be able to recycle
glass bottles and jars in their normal recycling bin. For many, this will be the first time they have been able to recycle bottles and jars at the kerbside.

Recycling Revolution

Cllr John Fisher, Chair of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, explained: “Norfolk councils are all working together to revolutionise recycling in Norfolk. The ability to recycle glass bottles and jars by putting them in the kerbside recycling bins is something that residents have told us they want.

“In negotiating the new contract for the materials recycling facility, we made this a requirement and NEWS have made the necessary investment in the latest technology to make this possible. Glass bottles and jars can be mechanically sorted from the rest of the recycling ensuring that the value of the various materials is retained and that the latest legislation on mixed collections is complied with.”

“It is great news for residents as it will be more convenient to recycle than ever
before. All we ask is that food and drink residue is rinsed from the bottles and jars
before they are placed in the recycling bin.”

Norwich residents have been able to recycle glass bottles and jars for some time, but
now they won’t need their green box, they will be able to put it in the same bin as all their other recycling, making it easier than ever.

Only glass bottles and jars can be accepted. Other forms of glass such as window
panes or drinking glasses should not be placed in the recycling bins as these
materials have been treated differently and cannot be sorted in the same way. You
can keep steel lids on as these will be removed by the separation process at the
material recycling facility ready for recycling.

Areas that receive bagged collections or use communal bins will receive instructions
from their local council about how to recycle their glass bottles and jars.

In addition to glass bottles and jars, residents will be able to recycle plastic food
pots trays and tubs and cartons such as those used for soups and juices, shredded
paper, envelopes, foil and foil trays along with all the plastic bottles, card, paper and cans that can already be recycled at the kerbside.

More information about the Recycling Revolution campaign and the new recycling
service is available at recyclefornorfolk.org.uk . Additionally follow the campaign on Twitter using #RecyclingRevolution

Collection days and dates will not be affected by the introduction of this new service.

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
visit norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres.


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