Published: June 29, 2012
Roadside recycling service set to expand in Burnham-On-Sea

Three more types of rubbish can be included in Burnham-On-Sea householders' kerbside recycling from the start of July, Sedgemoor District Council has announced this week.

Aerosols, textiles and paper kitchen towels have been added to the list of materials taken by waste collectors from Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP).

They are the latest additions to the Sort It Plus kerbside waste service, which is helping to keep Somerset’s recycling levels at around 51%. The full list comprises food waste, paper, card, glass bottles and jar, food and drink cans, plastic bottles, aluminium foil, clothes, shoes and car batteries.

Aerosols should go out in the same box with food and drink cans, says SWP. The council says that householders should iuse up all contents and never squash or pierce them. All aerosols will be accepted but, not gas canisters such as those used in home fizzy drinks machines or those containing camping gas.

Textiles, such as towels, sheets, blankets, curtains and covers, are accepted as well as clothes. They should be put out in plastic bags (not black sacks) to keep them dry and labelled 'Textiles.' Not accepted at the kerbside are stuffed items, such as duvets, pillows and quilts.

Kitchen towel made of paper can be recycled with food waste. Kitchen towel will be composted with food waste and, from next year, turned into electricity by Somerset’s new anaerobic digester.

Aerosols and textiles can also be taken for recycling to all recycling sites; food waste is not accepted at recycling sites except for disposal.

Cllr Richard Burden, Sedgemoor District Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment and a SWP board member, told "Taking three extra materials at the kerbside is another step forward. This will improve services, deliver better value and help householders recycle more."

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