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Bedford Borough prepares for an Olympic glass recycling effort

In preparation for the Olympic celebrations this coming summer, the Council is providing extra glass recycling containers at some of the busiest bottle banks throughout the Borough.

 

Last year, residents recycled over 2,150 tonnes of glass, and it is expected that this figure will continue to increase as more residents make use of these facilities. In light of this, extra containers are now available at Sainsbury’s in Clapham and Kempston, Tesco’s in Goldington and Kingsbrook, and Avon Drive Shops in Brickhill.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are committed to continuing to improve waste and recycling services in the borough. We hope that these additional facilities will make glass recycling more convenient for residents, which will in turn help to increase the council’s recycling rate and reduce the amount of glass needlessly going to landfill.”

 

Glass bottles and jars used during this sporting summer can all be taken to one of the 66 mini recycling sites located across the Borough.


Glass is perfect for recycling – it can be recycled back into new bottles and jars over and over again; used for road surfacing or in construction products such as bricks and concrete blocks. Recycling glass saves energy too - recycling two bottles saves enough energy to boil water for five cups of tea, or to run a Nintendo Wii for 10 hours!
Remember: blue glass bottles can be recycled in the green container and red glass bottle can be recycled in the brown container!

 

And if you are lucky enough to travel to London to watch any of the games look out for some of the 260 new recycling bins which have been placed around the city centre and the Olympic Park to encourage people to recycle. It is hoped that at least 70% of the waste created by the millions of visitors expected to descend upon the capital this summer will be recycled, with zero sent to landfill.

 

For more information on recycling and waste services in Bedford Borough or to find your nearest glass recycling site and please contact us on 01234 267422 or visit www.bedford.gov.uk/recycling.

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