DEFRA calls for public recycling bins

A voluntary code of practice aimed at installing recycling bins in public places was issued for consultation on 13 August by the Environment Department (DEFRA).1

Recycling bins should be installed by litter bins in places like airports, parks and shopping centres, it says. They should have the same colours and signs as the government’s Recycle Now campaign.

Around 26% of waste put in the average litter bin is recyclable, amounting to over 2 tonnes per year per bin.

The code of practice and the good practice guide fulfils a pledge in the English waste strategy to use bins to “extend the recycling culture” outside the home. The government might legislate if voluntary measures are not successful.

The consultation closes on 2 November. The code is due launched by the end of 2007.

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