More can now be recycled

MORE items can now been recycled in Suffolk as the county tries to boost recycling rates. Recycling facilities for paper-based food and drink cartons can now be found at all of the 18 recycling centres across the county.

MORE items can now been recycled in Suffolk as the county tries to boost recycling rates.

Recycling facilities for paper-based food and drink cartons can now be found at all of the 18 recycling centres across the county.

A total of 55,000 tonnes of paper-based cartons are used in Suffolk every year to contain products such as milk, juice, wine and chopped tomatoes.

The laminated cartons are made of paperboard, polyethylene and in some cases, aluminium and therefore need to be collected separately and cannot be put into the kerbside recycling bins.

The county council has been striving to make the process easier for customers and people can now recycle paper-based cartons in a matter of minutes.

Eddy Alcock, who is responsible for environment and waste at Suffolk County Council said: “Suffolk residents' enthusiasm for recycling has brought the current recycling rate up to 46 per cent and by providing services for extra materials to be given a new lease of life, rather than sending them to landfill, we can only improve this statistic.

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“I would encourage everyone to get into the carton recycling habit next time they visit their local household waste recycling centre."

Cartons can also be recycled at new carton bring banks throughout the county.

Meanwhile the council has revealed the combined recycling and composting rate has risen above 50pc for the first time.

The figure includes all the recycling residents do at home, and at household waste recycling centres.