Flats tenants give backing to new recycling service

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FLATS are set to get a new recycling service under plans by Doncaster’s council housing bosses.

Recycling bins for paper, card, plastic bottles and cans will be introduced to blocks over the coming months, and Doncaster Council’s recycling team will be visiting schools and residents groups to help explain the changes.

The council is extending its recycling service in response to requests from residents.

Estate caretaker Gary Rooke looks after three blocks of flats in Intake where residents are eager to begin recycling. He has been helping tenants recycle their waste for some time and regularly arranges for a local charity to take away unwanted furniture.

He said: “The idea of waste going to landfill concerns me when we could be recycling instead.

“I have been speaking to residents and they are all up for the idea.

“I am really looking forward to the introduction of this new service and getting everyone involved.”

Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for environment, Coun Mark Thompson, said it was important to increase recycling rates in the town.

He said: “Sending rubbish to landfill is no longer an option.

“Not only are landfill sites running out of space, but it costs us millions of pounds worth of taxpayers’ money in charges.

“I am delighted we can extend this service so people living in flats can help make the borough greener.”