Putting landfill in the bin

From left, Street Cleaner Roger Coleman, Serco Contract Manager Craig Hall, Breckland Council Executive Member for Localism, Community and Environmental Services Lynda Turner, Serco Street Supervisor Steve Hitchman, Breckland Council Environmental Services Officer Dale Wilder and Street Cleaner Jamie Walker

From left, Street Cleaner Roger Coleman, Serco Contract Manager Craig Hall, Breckland Council Executive Member for Localism, Community and Environmental Services Lynda Turner, Serco Street Supervisor Steve Hitchman, Breckland Council Environmental Services Officer Dale Wilder and Street Cleaner Jamie Walker

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A NEW recycling scheme is looking to bin landfill costs by making sure rubbish goes to the right place.

Following a successful trial in Thetford earlier this year, Breckland Council has purchased eight new barrows for its street cleaning teams.

The specially-built containers have two compartments which will allow crews to separate recyclable items from those suitable for landfill.

Lynda Turner, the council’s executive member for localism, communities and environmental services, said: “We anticipate that this intiative could reduce waste taken to landfill by as much as 24 tonnes a year.

“Residents can also play their part in helping to reduce landfill. If you’re out and about and have litter to dispose of, look out for on street recycling facilities or, if these are not available, take recyclable waste home to put in the appropriate bin.”

Serco, Breckland’s street cleaning contractor, has rearranged some operations to accommodate the scheme.

Steven Hitchman, a Serco supervisor, said: “By using these new barrows, we believe we can make a real difference in reducing what goes to landfill.”