Mansfield District Council hails glass bins success after smashing target

Council chiefs in Mansfield have smashed targets for glass recycling in the district three years ahead of schedule – and within a year of starting free kerbside collections.

By Tim Paget
Sunday, 15th May 2022, 9:22 am

Figures show Mansfield District Council collected 2,328 tonnes of glass in April 2022, after starting kerbside collections on 5 April 2021.

Before starting its new wheelie bin service, the council set a target of collecting 1,800 tonnes in the first year and 2,000 tonnes in years two and three.

Coun Andy Burgin, portfolio holder for environment and leisure, said: "This is a really fabulous achievement especially as the effects of the pandemic have caused disruption to waste and recycling services over the past year.

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Council chiefs in Mansfield have smashed targets for glass recycling in the district three years ahead of schedule

"It is great to see the council's Cleaner and Greener strategy, which includes reducing our carbon emissions, is now starting to deliver results."We hope to collect even more glass in the future as there are still some households in the district which are putting their glass in green household waste bins instead of the glass bins."

All the glass collected in Mansfield is melted down and recycled into new bottles and jars at a factory West Yorkshire which uses state-of-the-art technology so that any piece of glass bigger than a 20p piece can be identified and colour separated.

Glass industry figures suggest that turning glass into new bottles produces fewer carbon emissions and has a positive impact of reducing global warming as well as using fewer natural resources as glass can be recycled again and again without any loss of quality.