A PILOT programme in a north Liverpool ward to increase the amount of waste which is recycled has already seen encouraging results
More than 1500 terraced houses in the County ward, which currently use bin bags for their waste collection, received new blue recycling bags and black storage bins.
The bags, which came with a guide to what materials can be recycled printed on them, are used to store items . The black bins help store domestic rubbish that can’t be recycled and are made to be kept in backyards.
Since the programme was introduced at the end of November there has been a 20% increase in the amount of material sent for recycling.
There has also been an 11% increase in the quality of the materials presented for recycling following an education campaign in the area to explain what waste can be accepted in the blue bags.
Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “This scheme has got off to a very good start.
“We believe that many householders want to recycle more but are put off because they have to use bin bags which they find inconvenient.
“The new recycling bags, coupled with storage bins is clearly helping them to recycle and they can play a significant part in helping us reach our 55% target recycling rate by 2020.”
The new storage bins and recycling bags were funded through the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority.