Rising to the recycling challenge

Published: 9 Dec 2013

New communal recycling areas have opened at eight tower blocks in Norwich as the city rises to the challenge of getting as many people as possible doing their bit for the environment. 
Residents of the high-rise blocks are the latest to benefit as part of a plan to ensure easy access to recycling facilities for everyone in the city. 
New recycling centres have been set up outside Normandy, Winchester, Markham, Seaman, Aylmer, Ashbourne, Burleigh and Compass towers. 
It will mean people living in the tower blocks will be able to place plastic bottles, paper, card and cans in bins just outside their buildings to be taken away for recycling. There is also a container for glass bottles and jars, and a food waste bin. 
All residents have been given re-usable white sacks and small kitchen food caddies to assist with taking their recycling down to the communal bins. 
Public consultations were held at all tower blocks prior to the bins being installed. All bins have been adequately screened following concerns raised by residents. 
Councillor Mike Stonard, portfolio holder for waste and recycling said: 
"Our aim is to get everyone in Norwich recycling so we need to make it as easy for them as possible. Installing communal bins at the tower blocks is part of our project to provide easy to access recycling for everyone across the city. 
"We have provided around 28,000 litres of recycling capacity and we hope all residents of the tower blocks will embrace the new facilities." 
The new facilities at tower blocks are all part of Norwich City Council's drive to hit its recycling targets and were designed with our partners NPS Norwich Limited. 
In addition to the tenants in the tower blocks, in the last four years Norwich City Council has also enabled around 4,000 other council flat tenants to recycle their waste by providing communal facilities. 
Courtesy of Norwich County Council: http://www.norwich.gov.uk/news/Pages/Risingtotherecyclingchallenge.aspx

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