West Suffolk Council provides a helping hand to Keep Haverhill Recycling scheme
A Haverhill resident is providing a community collection point for difficult-to-recycle materials, that West Suffolk Council is supporting and helping to extend.
Along with other volunteers, Nick Keeble runs a stall every third Friday and Saturday of the month on Haverhill market (as featured in the Echo on April 22), for people to bring unusual materials that can be recycled separately from those that go in the blue bin.
A full list is on the Keep Haverhill Recycling Facebook group.
Nick said: "I was looking at a blister pack and wondered if it could be recycled, and then I saw a Facebook post on the same subject which prompted me to look further into it.
"I discovered that there are materials which cannot go into the blue bin but which can be sent away for specialist recycling, things like crisp packets, batteries and biros.
"Terracycle offers a network of accessible community collection points, there wasn’t one for Haverhill, so I set one up."
Nick sends what he collects to Terracycle but was limited to collecting smaller items such as biros and crisp packets.
He approached West Suffolk Council for support and is now piloting an extended range of goods to include small electrical items and cartons.
The council is providing bins for these items, which it then collects and recycles through the Suffolk County Council Recycling Centre contract. Drinks cartons are being collected because of public feedback.
The first day for small electricals and cartons to be collected is tomorrow and Saturday, May 22.
Cartons cannot go in the blue bin and nor can small electrical appliances like old electric toothbrushes and hairdryers. Anything containing batteries should be recycled separately as they can cause fires and even explosions in waste collections.
By removing these difficult-to-recycle items from the blue bin the quality of recyclables is improved and loads of carefully collected recyclable material are prevented from being rejected and sent to the energy from waste facility.
Recyclable materials are a valuable resource and re-using and recycling helps reduce the impact on the environment.
Cllr Peter Stevens, Cabinet member for Operations at West Suffolk Council said: "We are delighted to support this exemplary community action and commend Mr Keeble on his initiative.
"Recycling depends on good quality and awareness of what needs to be recycled and how.
"This delivers both and I look forward to it being well supported by local people."