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Councillor's first hand look at recycling
7:30am Sunday 19th August 2012 in News
THURROCK Council’s new portfolio holder for the environment found out first-hand how waste from Thurrock’s bins is recycled.
Cllr Victoria Holloway was invited to the materials recycling facility at Tilbury and the Waste to Energy plant in Allington, Kent.
The Tilbury plant deals with around 12,000 tonnes of glass, paper, cans, plastics and cardboard from Thurrock’s blue bins every year.
At Allington Waste to Energy Plant, 25,000 tonnes of Thurrock’s non-recyclable waste is treated each year to produce electricity.
Cllr Holloway said: “Since the introduction of the three bin system in our borough we have performed very well at recycling, but we need to remind everyone of the impo-rtance of using bins properly.
“By reaching the targets set for us on recycling and landfill, we avoid expensive penalties which affect the funding available to use in other areas.
“The vast majority of our residents use their bins correctly, but it only takes one person to put the wrong item into a bin to affect our system.”