Saturday, 18 December 2010

Providing the new facility and the message that fly-tipping is not acceptable . . . Erewash Borough Council launches its new ‘fleet’ of mixed recycling banks at the Long Eaton Asda store. From left, Shane Barnes, Neighbourhood Warden; Councillor Barbara Harrison, Lead Member for the Environment; and John Brickles, Refuse and Recycling Supervisor.

Erewash Borough Council has launched another successful recycling initiative as its drive to remain a top-performing greenchampion continues. The Councils refuse and recycling team is celebrating a winning link-up with Long Eaton's Asda supermarket to crackdown and wipe-out a major problem with fly-tipping at the town centre site. The supermarket contacted the Council for help in dealing with the on-going battle with litter and rubbish being dumped alongside waste and recycling banks in the car park. Now 20 new blue, multi-purpose mixed recycling banks have been installed at the site, meaning residents and shoppers can take their waste paper, cardboard, plastics, tins and glass and put them into one bank without the need to separate them all out. And the Council will be adding another 5 banks on the 17th December for the busy Christmas and New Year period to ensure there is plenty of available recycling space. The Councils waste recycling vehicles are emptying the banks every Monday and Friday, with the team regularly reviewing the system to ensure it is meeting demand. The Council has also installed 20 of the all-in-one blue recycling banks at West Park Leisure Centre car park in Long Eaton and by 17th December the number of banks will increase to 35 when the former black bins are re-installed as blue, mixed recycling banks following cleaning and refurbishment.

Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Councils Lead Member for the Environment, says:

“We are confident residents will welcome this news, which shows our commitment to providing more opportunities for people to dispose of their recyclable waste. It is also a great example of the Council working in partnership with the local business community and we are delighted with the success of the scheme at Asda in Long Eaton. There was a real problem with people dumping rubbish at the car park, which was an eyesore for shoppers and a costly issue for the store. The new, all-in-one recycling banks have already been a hit. Our signs clearly tell people not to leave waste on the floor and the new twice-weekly collection is ensuring the site remains clean. Erewash residents have always supported our ‘green’ initiatives and this borough has a tremendous recycling record, of which we can all be proud. These new banks at Asda and West Park provide further facilities and make it easier for residents as there is no need to separate the waste.”