West Berkshire Council

Council announces new plastic recycling trial

Sweet wrappers and small plastic toys and toiletries can be dropped off in selected locations

New plastic recycling bins

A selection of harder-to-recycle materials such as sweet wrappers and small plastic toys are now being collected for recycling at some of West Berkshire Council's buildings as part of a new trial scheme.

The Council has teamed up with Veolia, the UK's leading resource management company, to offer new recycling points for materials which are harder for residents to recycle. Recycling boxes will be available at the following locations in Newbury during the trial period:

  • Sweet wrappers: Market Street Council Offices Reception; West Street Council Offices Reception; Northcroft Leisure Centre; and Newbury Library;
  • Plastic toys: Market Street Council Offices Reception; West Street Council Offices Reception; Northcroft Leisure Centre; and Newbury Library; and
  • Toiletries containers: changing rooms for cyclists/joggers in the Market Street Council Offices (these facilities are available to Councillors and staff only).

Initially ten boxes will be available and once these have been successfully trialled, the Council will consider whether potentially roll out to more locations within the district or increase the scope of the materials which are collected.

This scheme is part of Veolia's Procycle service, which has recently been launched.

Speaking about the recycling trial, Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter, the Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said:

"We are delighted to be working with Veolia to increase the recycling options available here in West Berkshire. Small steps such as these can make a big difference towards the impact we have on the environment and I hope residents and visitors to our participating public buildings will find these recycling boxes useful."

Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer from Veolia added:

"It's now time to offer residents solutions for those harder to treat materials. Let's help to continue to improve recycling across the county by recycling even more to help save precious resources."