Glass collections to start in Newark and Sherwood District Council area after demand from residents

Newark and Sherwood District Council's Castle House headquarters
By Anna Whittaker, Local Democracy Reporter

Glass recycling collections will start in the Newark and Sherwood area after hundreds of people told the local council they wanted the scheme to be introduced.

It means people living in the district council area will have glass bottles and jars picked up from the kerbside.

Residents had told Newark and Sherwood District Council they wanted the service in the area, and the council approved the scheme in February 2023.

It will be a free service and residents will be given a new, smaller wheelie bins. Collections will take place every eight weeks.

Glass is one of the few materials which is 100 per cent recyclable, with no loss in quality during the recycling process.

A total of 43,996 new bins will be needed to complete the roll out, with another 1,000 needed later for new build properties.

The council will also need to apply for planning permission to build a waste transfer station, which will be built at Newark Lorry Park.

Councillors will discuss the plans at a cabinet meeting on September 19. The scheme is expected to be brought in by the end of 2023, although no firm start date has been set by the authority.

Documents published ahead of the meeting say: “Residents have repeatedly expressed their frustration at the lack of kerbside glass collection in Newark and Sherwood.

“This was expressed in both the 2018 and 2022 Resident’s Surveys which found that recycling continues to be an issue of high importance for residents.

“In the 2022 survey, it was listed as being important or very important to 83 per cent of residents to live in a sustainable and environmentally aware way. 270 respondents commented to specifically request the introduction of kerbside glass recycling.”

The council said that a local charity Recycling Ollerton and Boughton (ROB) also offers to collect glass in the area from around 10,000 properties.

The charity provides training placements to adults with learning difficulties and the council said it has “no desire to damage their business model”.

The council will therefore “seek to offer our service as a complimentary alternative to the ROB scheme”.

The council will also provide the charity with £8,000 in funding to help them pay for glass recycling boxes.

The project will also create a number of new jobs for drivers and loaders to operate the glass recycling collections.

Once the Newark and Sherwood scheme is under way, Bassetlaw and Rushcliffe will be the only remaining areas in Nottinghamshire where the local council does not collect glass from homes.

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