South Gloucestershire to trial curbside soft plastic collection

Three regions in South Gloucestershire have started a trial of soft plastic recycling to reduce landfill waste.

Plastic bags, confectionery wrappers, foil-lined packaging and plastic films will be collected with other household waste.

The trial aims to collect soft plastics from around 2,000 households as part of a campaign to increase the amount of packaging that can be recycled.

Selected households will receive information on how to use the service.

Collections will begin in parts of Bradley Stoke, Chipping Sodbury and Olveston on Monday.

If successful, the number of households included will be increased in 2023, before being extended to all households in the district by 2025.

The program is a partnership between SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK and leading industry organizations WRAP, RECOUP and Ecosurety.

Currently, the most convenient way to recycle plastic bags and packaging is at supermarket collection points

Bradley Stoke North Labor Advisor Angela Morey said she took her packets and wrappers to a special recycling bin at the supermarket.

“It just stops this extra trip I have to take, so I’m really excited,” Ms Morey said.

Rachael Hunt, Cabinet Member responsible for waste management services, added: “We are delighted to be part of this trial.

“When we declared a climate emergency, we said we wanted to play our part and take meaningful action to reduce our environmental impact and protect the world around us.”

She said the local authority was the ‘fifth largest recycling council of our kind in the country, performing well above the national average’.

“We already have a comprehensive, high-value recycling collection service, which makes the materials we collect easily recyclable and better able to be used to make new products and avoid sending unnecessary waste to dump,” she added.

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Elna M. Lemons