recycling centre to take plastic food pots, tubs and trays
food pots, tubs and trays can now be fully recycled for the first
time across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area.
Isleport recycling centre is among Somerset's 16 recycling sites
that have just begun taking rigid plastic materials in their plastic
Waste Partnership (SWP) announced this week that the Isleport recycling
centre is now taking plastic food pots, tubs and trays the
rigid plastic containers for yoghurt, margarine, fruit and other
foods as well as all plastic bottles.
organisation says the change is a "leap forward in the planned
transformation of the county's waste services towards the end of
move to take rigid plastic food pots, tubs and trays - known as
PTT - at the recycling sites follows successful trials of taking
extra plastics in kerbside collections and at a small number of
sites to check the quality and monitor levels of contamination from
plastic bottle and PTT skips will take black plastic food trays,
but residents must remove all foil, film covers, and cardboard attached
to or enclosing the PTT;
discard all lids, flip-caps and trigger-tops from plastic bottles,
and rinse out food residues or other contents, and squash items
to fit more in each skip.
must also exclude: thin plastics, such as cling film, carrier bags,
black sacks, or bubble wrap; plastic plant or paint pots, with or
without any contents; other plastics, such as plastic toys, CD cases,
garden furniture or car parts.
Isleport recycling centre is open Mondays from 8am - 7pm; Thursdays
through to Saturdays from 8am - 4pm; and Sundays from 8am - 1pm.
Cater, a SWP spokesman, said: "Taking plastic food pots, tubs
and trays at all recycling sites is a big step forward. We are working
with councils, companies, campaigning groups and schools to help
people cut their waste by using less plastic and recycling far more
of the plastic they buy when shopping."
added: "We have never collected plastic food pots, tubs and
trays at the kerbside; if any have been taken in the past, it was
an error (or in a very successful time-limited location-specific
collect all household plastic bottles milk to shampoo, bleach
to juice at the kerbside and at all recycling sites."
plan to take plastic food pots, tubs and trays weekly at the kerbside,
in addition to all existing recycled materials, in a phased roll-out
from 2020 once a new collections contract has been negotiated and
a new fleet of recycling vehicles built, and collect the far emptier
rubbish bins every three weeks."
this year, 12 of Somerset's 16 recycling sites began taking single
use coffee cups, with their layers of plastic and card, in the same
skips that already take beverage cartons, such as Tetra Pak and
other brands. Details of all recycling sites, including opening
hours and what materials each site takes, are here.