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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Plan for plastic and cardboard collection in South Lakes

PLASTIC and cardboard could be collected from the kerbside in Ulverston within the next 18 months.

A trial period of the new service, approved at a meeting of South Lakeland District Council’s cabinet committee yesterday, will begin in Kendal next month.

Should it prove a success, the extra collections could then be introduced to other parts of South Lakeland.

Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, SLDC’s environment boss, said she hoped it would be possible to include all residents in the future.

“I’m very jealous that my home isn’t included in this trial,” she told the Evening Mail. “But we will learn a lot from the next six months which will enable us to look at how quickly we can introduce plastic and cardboard recycling in other areas within South Lakeland.”

The trial is set to begin on October 15 and will affect more than 7,000 homes in Kendal.

Householders will be given bags for plastics while being asked to place cardboard in their existing paper recycling boxes.

Cllr Feeney-Johnson, who began work to bring the project to fruition when she was elected in 2006, claimed the public was eager to get the extra recycling collections.
She said: “We have excellent residents in South Lakeland who are keen to push recycling forward all the time.

“They want to know why we can’t have plastic and cardboard collections like they do in Lancaster and Preston.

“But the geography of the area means cost is a key factor.’’

Ulverston councillor Janette Jenkinson described herself as “jealous” that Kendal would be trialling the kerbside collection first.

“I hope it’s rolled out quickly because I just know it’s going to be a success,” she said.

“I’m very proud of this authority because of its recycling.’’

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