Kerbside recycling is affordable, says report

Kerbside recovery of domestic waste could be developed at little or no extra cost, according to a review of the Adur "blue box" scheme by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).1 But a national kerbside scheme would have to be integrated with commercial waste recycling and composting to achieve the Government's recycling target at an affordable price.

The Adur Home Recycling Scheme in West Sussex is sponsored by the European Recovery and Recycling Association (ERRA). About 19,000 households are served by fortnightly kerbside collections of metal cans, newspapers and magazines, glass and plastics. A further 4-5,000 people are served by 35 mini-recycling centres.

Recycling rates of 21-25% and participation rates of 85% have been attained in the areas covered by the "blue box" kerbside co

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