Flats recycling for 10,000 this year

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A SCHEME to extend recycling collections to flats across Doncaster is now serving 3,500 homes, borough housing bosses claim.

The service was first brought in from July and council officials claim it has been proving popular with residents since then.

The scheme is to be extended to more homes by the end of the year.

According to figures released by the council, the first fortnight of collections helped to divert 136,000 litres’ worth of recyclable materials from landfill - the equivalent of 566 full wheelie bins.

When the roll-out is fully completed later this year it is estimated around 10,000 additional residents living in flats will be able to recycle.

Doncaster Council has been offering the service in partnership with the firm which manages its council housing stock, St Leger Homes, to its tenants.

It means residents can now recycle paper, card, plastic bottles and cans using special bins at the bottoms of blocks of flats.

Coun Mark Thompson, Doncaster’s Council’s cabinet member for finance, corporate services, environment services, trading and support services, said: “Flats are generally considered very difficult to serve with a recycling collection. “But our residents have overcome the challenges and proven that schemes like this can make a big difference.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for their efforts - and urge them to keep up the good work.”