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New recycling scheme moves nearer

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COPELAND'S brand new recycling service moves a step nearer next week when residents start to receive their plastic boxes and bags.

Council staff begin the mammoth task of delivering around 130,000 boxes and bags this Monday, February 26. The deliveries will be completed in around six weeks.

It's part of the preparation for the new scheme starting in April, which will see five different recyclable materials collected at the kerbside: plastic, card, paper, metal and glass.

The council is keen to let everyone know the boxes are on their way and stress that those who recycle should continue with their existing collection days and black boxes until they receive their calendars.

Calendars, with updated collection dates,  will be sent out around mid March.

Coun Mark Holliday, Copeland's portfolio holder for waste and recycling, said: "It's exciting that we're getting closer to the start date and getting the containers out to residents. It's a huge task, as around 96 per cent of the borough gets a kerbside collection.

"We're asking people to be patient and bear with us as we prepare for the new scheme. Households will get three coloured boxes and one weighted bag ahead of the scheme beginning in April. They will most likely be delivered to the front of properties, but people's collection points remain the same as they have always been.

“Lots of people have told us they’ll be embracing this chance to recycle more, and it’s the right decision both environmentally and financially. We know it’s not for every household but there’s some flexibility, so hopefully everyone will give it a try to see if it can work for them.”

The new scheme will start in the week beginning April 16. To see whether they have a collection that week residents should check their calendars. These will be sent out in mid March and will also be available online at

Residents can keep up to date by following the council's Facebook and Twitter feeds, and visiting