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    Video caption: A Yorkshire company transform hard to recycle plastics into everyday items.
  2. Community recycling sites to be scrapped

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    Image caption: Before and after - a district councilllor said the sites had been "abused"

    A council will scrap all of its 15 community recycling sites following a rise in littering and fly-tipping at them.

    West Oxfordshire District Council agreed to remove the "bring" sites now that "every household has a fortnightly kerbside recycling service".

    Sites at Carterton, Burford, Clanfield, Eynsham and Long Hanborough have already been removed at the request of parish councils while supermarket Asda has also asked for the removal of a facility in Carterton.

    Councillor Norman MacRae, cabinet member for the environment, said the sites had been "abused" and were "continually having to be cleared up" by council workers.

    “I am confident removing these sites will actually benefit our environment and we will continue to crack down on fly-tipping and prosecute offenders," he said.

  3. Waste charges increasing because of 'skyrocketing' recycling

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Waste disposal charges in Guernsey are increasing because of a significant shortfall in funding due to "skyrocketing" increases in recycling, the operations manager for Guernsey Waste has said.

    The increase in 2021 includes a £5 rise in the annual charge, taking it to £90, and rises for "pay as you throw" stickers.

    The cost of 90-litre black bag sticker will rise by 20p to £2.70, with a 10p increase to £1.50 for a 45-litre sticker.

    The States said the increase would mean an average weekly household cost increase of about 20p, to £4.60.

    Sarah Robinson said good progress and "amazing recycling rates" had affected their budgeting plans.

    Quote Message: "We hit 73.1% [rates of recycling] last year. We weren't anticipating that to be achieved until 2030, so we obviously modelled our income to cover the cost of operations over that time period. But, unfortunately, that has left us as a result of a shortfall and obviously we have to recoup recoup that cost." from Sarah Robinson Guernsey Waste
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  4. Guernsey recycling on the up, survey shows

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    There's been a large rise in the number of households in Guernsey recycling, according to the latest survey from the States.

    More than 95% of households are now regularly recycling, up from 74% just over two years ago.

    The survey of more than 1,000 homes in the Castel and St Peter Port found the biggest increase in the last year has been an uptake in fortnightly glass pick-ups.

    More than two thirds of households are now leaving out bottles and jars for collection, compared to 59% in 2019.

    When it comes to blue and clear bags, 96% of homes are now using them - that's up 4% on June last year.

    However, about 10% of blue bags contained "contaminated items" like carrier bags and crisp packets.

    The survey also found the lockdown had a direct impact on the amount of material recycled in the first half of 2020, which has been attributed to islanders spending more time at home and bring banks being shut.

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    Video caption: Whitehead residents cash in with plastic recycling trial

    A recycling trial in Whitehead, County Antrim, is paying residents 20p for each used plastic bottle they place into their household recycling bins.

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    Video caption: Recycling adds at least £110m a year to the local economy and employs 700 people.

    Recycling adds at least £110m a year to the local economy and employs 700 people.

  7. Torbay Council leader 'ashamed' of bay's low recycling

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    The leader of Torbay Council says he is "ashamed" of the bay's "absolutely appalling" recycling rates.

    The council said 40% of rubbish was recycled in Torbay, compared to neighbouring authority area Teignbridge recycling rate of 56% and East Devon’s 59%.

    It added it was aiming to increase this to about 50% "over the next two to three years".

    Such moves would "not only help the environment through a reduction in use of resources, but will also save hundreds of thousands of pounds of disposal costs", it said.

    Plans in place to try to improve recycling rates included moving to collections every three weeks for non-recyclable waste, along with charges for building waste at tips and an optional paid-for garden waste collection, the council said.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrat-run authority Steve Darling said he thought "Torbay has got to play catch-up".