Council sets up new recycling bin sites for paper-based cartons

PUBLISHED: 12:35 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

NEW environmentally friendly recycling bins have been installed across Hertsmere. Five disposal sites have been erected for paper-based liquid food and drink cartons such as fruit juices and soups, including one at Mutton Lane, Potters Bar. The new scheme

NEW environmentally friendly recycling bins have been installed across Hertsmere.

Five disposal sites have been erected for paper-based liquid food and drink cartons such as fruit juices and soups, including one at Mutton Lane, Potters Bar.

The new scheme, initiated by Hertsmere Borough Council, means that items that previously would have been sent to landfill sites will now be recycled.

The cartons that need to be squashed and washed before being disposed of will be recycled into products such as high strength paper bags and envelopes.

Councillor Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, was positive about the new recycling bins.

She said: "The majority of residents have shown they are passionate about recycling so I'm pleased we are involved in this project so we can recycle even more of our waste."

Richard Hands, environment manager at Tetra Pak and chairman of ACE UK, which will oversee the recycling sites, said: "We and our industry partners are committed to increasing the level of carton recycling in the UK with the aim of reaching a national network of carton collection by the end of 2008.

"Our work with Hertsmere Borough Council takes us one step closer to achieving that.

"While cartons have been successfully recycled in large volumes for many years throughout Europe, the UK has a long way to go.

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