AN ELABORATE £8 million recycling plant is now sorting and cleaning thousands of tonnes of waste from Rugby’s blue bins.
The new material recycling facility (MRF) near Stratford will help bolster Rugby’ s extraordinary recycling rate, which is already the fastest growing in the UK. The state of the art plant is capable of ploughing through 25,000 tonnes of crushed cans, broken bottles and waste paper per hour. Not only can it automatically separate glass, paper, cardboard and different types of plastic, but it can also clean the waste, leaving end products that can can easily be sold on
Cllr Mark Williams, borough portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “I was very impressed by the facility when I went on the tour.
“I hope that by showing our residents what happens to the recycling we collect, they will see that it really is worth their while sorting their waste into the correct bin.
“Our three-bin waste collection system is incredibly popular with our residents, more than 90 per cent of whom are
satisfied the service we provide. This is borne out by our recent recognition as the fastest improving council in the
country in terms of our recycling rates.
“There is, however, the potential for us to recycle even more of our waste.”
Rugby Borough Council helped fork out for the £8m facility to help the environment and keep council tax down as it
means the authority avoid expensive land fill charges. The company that operate the plant is Warwickshire based Pure
Cllr Williams added: “Nearly everything that goes into the blue-lidded recycling bin really is recycled. That helps the environment, and it also helps to keep council tax down.”
Thanks to Rugby residents the service means that glass can be melted down into new bottles, cardboard and paper can be reused, steel cans can be turned into things like engine parts and steel beams, while aluminium cans can be turned
into new drinking cans and things like window frames.
Mixed plastics can be recycled into bottles, packaging and traffic cones, light plastics that are used for drinks bottles can be turned into fleece, carpet or new bottles while heavier plastics can be turned into gardening products, pipes and packaging.
A recent analysis of waste from black, green and blue-lid bins showed that Rugbeians are currently recycling 64 per cent of glass, 63 per cent of paper, 61 per cent of cardboard, 65 per cent of plastic bottles and 27 per cent of plastic food packaging. Some 7,000 households will have their waste collection schedule changed from 4 April 2011. Those affected have been notified, but more information is available at www.rugby.govuk/recycling or on (01788) 533335.