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Free Wheeled Bin Bonanza

With spring just around the corner, Bedford Borough Council is offering extra help for local residents to boost their recycling.

Did you know 7,800 tonnes of mixed recyclables from homes in Bedford Borough - including paper, plastic and cans - is still going to landfill each year?  By recycling all of these items in the orange lidded bin residents could help save taxpayers an estimated £500,000 per year.

In an effort to help local residents recycle more and reduce spiralling landfill costs, residents who do not have an orange or green lidded bin can get their hands on one for free. In addition, anyone who would like a second orange or green recycling bin can purchase one for just £15; half the usual price.

Both of these offers are available now and will continue until 31st March 2011.

Residents are also able to purchase extra rolls of orange recycling bags for just £6.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Residents in Bedford Borough are now recycling around 40% of their rubbish but we can do better. For example, only around 25% of tin cans and 34% of cardboard are recycled in the orange lidded bins. If we can increase that, we can save around £500,000 per year. This is local taxpayers’ money which could be invested on other services in the borough.

“We want to work with local residents to improve the recycling rates and I believe that offering these deals on the orange and green recycling bins as well as the orange sacks will help to increase recycling rates across the borough.

“Recycling and composting your waste really couldn’t be easier so don’t delay; get your free bin or half price  second bin today!”

The bins on offer are 240 litre wheeled bins, both orange and green lidded.

To order your bins today call us on 0800 121 8888, or for further information on what can and can’t be recycled visit the council’s website www.bedford.gov.uk/recycling

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