A monthly kerbside collection of glass for residents is due to be implemented ‘as soon as possible’.
In a speech on May 22nd, Mayor Kate Allsop stated that Mansfield District Council would be beginning kerbside glass collections to improve recycling efforts.
Mrs Allsop said: “I want to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill . It has taken months to get it implemented, as we have had to contact the companies that provide this service, but we are getting the scheme.”
Households will be given the choice between a bag to put their recyclable glass in, or for larger households, a 140-litre wheelie bin.
There will be no charge for the bag, but there will be a charge for the delivery of a wheelie bin, of approximatly £20-£25.
Currently, residents have to take their glass to a recycling centre themselves, otherwise it goes to landfill.
Glass is one of the biggest contaminants of recyclable waste in our district, as residents often put their glass into blue bins, which then has to be rejected by the recycling plant and sent to landfill, costing the council £100 per ton.
Mrs Allsop added: “This is a more convenient way to bring down the amount that goes to landfill. We can’t keep throwing throwing rubbish into landfill.”
She added: “Implementing the glass collections will further improve our recycling efforts which are so important as we look to support future generations who are our citizens of tomorrow.”
The glass bags and bins will be collected once a month, and the scheme is due to begin shortly, although there is no exact date as of yet.
Mansfield District Councillor Andrew Tristram said: “We need to increase our recycling rates in Mansfield, bring contamination down to an acceptable level and make recycling easy for our residents.”
The announcement comes after the council ran an online survey in 2017 to find out what residents thought of the scheme.
Mike Robinson of Mansfield District Council said: “The consultation is now complete and there was strong support from the public to introduce glass collections in the district.
“We are now working with Nottinghamshire County Council on how we can take this scheme forward and hope to have a report for our councillors to consider this year.”
He added: “It is too early at the moment to suggest a timescale for when the scheme will start but we are working hard to make this happen as soon as possible.”
Only 38% of waste in Mansfield is recycled, althogh the council are looking to raise it to 68 per cent by 2030.