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East Riding Council is launching its latest kerbside collection which will allow residents to put glass, a wider range of plastics and Tetra Pak in their blue bins.

In a phased rollout over the next six months, the council will deliver the new service to up to 150,000 households across the area.

Pocklington, Market Weighton and Stamford Bridge areas will be the sixth area of seven in the East Riding to receive the service, beginning in November.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “The recycling of glass, more types of plastic and Tetra Pak cartons in the blue bins is the latest of our recent initiatives to keep recyclable waste out of landfill.

“We are projecting it will keep an additional 3,800 tonnes of glass out of landfill.

“New technologies have become available which can handle mixed papers, cans, plastics and glass.

“The materials are separated out and reprocessed into other products. Glass, for example, is easily recyclable and does not degrade however often it is recycled.”

“The new service aims to provide residents with an easy way to recycle even more materials while, at the same time, saving council tax payers’ money.”

As part of the new service, the council is offering residents the choice of a larger, 240-litre blue bin in exchange for the smaller one that most households currently have.

Residents are urged not to put glass, further ranges of plastics and Tetra Paks into their blue bins until they receive a letter from the council informing them of the start of the scheme in their area.

Pocklington worker Joan Brayshaw said: “It is a really good idea and about time, too, particularly for those who couldn’t get to the glass banks.

“It will be such a useful service and will help more people be able to do their recycling.”

It follows East Riding Council’s latest home recycling efforts in which brown plastic caddies were delivered to householders in which they can drop in food waste, while cardboard can now also be put into the bigger brown bins.

Despite the news, resients are being asked to hold back on recycling glass until they receive a letter from the council to say the operation has been rolled out.

For the Pocklington and Market Weighton area, the letters will be sent out around November.

Glass facts

lRecycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

lOn average, every family in the UK consumes around 330 glass bottles and jars a year. If recycled, the energy saved would be enough to power a TV to watch 210 episodes of Coronation Street.

lGlass can be recycled indefinitely but will never decompose in landfill.

Plastic facts

lA 60 watt light bulb could be powered for six hours by the energy saved from recycling one plastic bottle.

l It takes around 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down in landfill;

lAn estimated 56 per cent of all plastics waste is used packaging, three-quarters of which is from households;

lWe produce and use around 20 times the amount of plastic that we did 50 years ago.