Recyclers put faith in single vehicle collections

Two novel schemes using the same vehicles to collect both recyclable and ordinary waste are being launched in Worthing and central London in June. The initiatives could substantially reduce the costs of doorstep collection of recyclables by doing away with the need for a separate collection round.

The schemes mark the latest stage in industrial efforts to improve the cost-effectiveness of collection methods for recyclable waste. Much of the effort has been directed through the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), which is setting up the South Coast Recycling Programme in West Sussex and Hampshire as well as supporting the split bin programme in Leeds.

The South Coast scheme is intended to prove the economics of kerbside collect

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