Public recycle bins for cans and plastic in towns, parks and residential streets that are litter hotspots.

I regularly pick up litter on Leigh Road and Hospital Road, Pontypool and have the green TCBC bags to leave on the kerbside for collection.  It occurred to me that nearly all of the litter is recyclable.  I’m not sure if the green bags are sorted for recycling once collected or just sent to landfill.  Having public recycle bins for cans and plastic in town centres, parks and on residential streets that are litter hotspots would encourage recycling.  Interestingly there is not 1 litter bin on the roads I litter pick.  

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This would help Torfaen reach their target for recycling as much as possible.


by Lindsay on October 06, 2019 at 09:46PM

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  • Posted by ceriregan October 26, 2019 at 13:35

    I second this. There are two issues here. Firstly, we need more bins, and I appreciate that that means we need more public bin collections that cost money. We need bins along popular walkways / pavements; we need more bins along the canals to encourage poop collections - you can walk miles along some stretches of the canal and not see a single bin, no wonder people don't pick up! Secondly, we need a wider variety of bins as most of what we throw away is now recyclable - plastics, crisp packets, cans, tetra packs, sweet wrappers, etc - all of these can be recycled at the Usk Recycling Centre. The number of times that I see overflowing bins (I know, that isn't often) they are full of cans, crisp packets, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles, which I presume just goes to landfill.
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