'We Want Your Waste Paper and Cardboard!' says Council

Ribble Valley Borough Council refuse loader Dean Golding
Ribble Valley Borough Council refuse loader Dean Golding
Published Monday, 16 June 2014

We want your waste paper and cardboard! That’s the message from Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The amount of waste paper and cardboard recycled by Ribble Valley households has increased considerably since March, when the council streamlined its recycling and refuse collection service, but some is still being thrown away with general waste.

Waste paper and cardboard is now collected from households in the north of the borough on the same day as green wheeled bins, while households in the south of the borough have their waste paper and cardboard collected on the same day as blue wheeled bins.

Since the change, the amount of waste paper and cardboard collected from the borough’s homes has increased from 165 to 170 tonnes each month, but the council has set a target of 200 tonnes.

Robert Thompson, chairman of the council's community services committee, said: "The white sack service has been valued by local residents for many years and by aligning it with the rest of our refuse collection service we have made it more customer-focused and increased participation rates.

"But we want to do more. Collecting as much waste paper and cardboard as possible helps to protect the planet and contributes towards the cost of providing the service through income generated from the sale of the waste.

“We are asking residents who aren’t recycling their waste paper cardboard to join the scheme and do their bit to keep the borough clean and green.”

UK households produce over 30million tonnes of waste a year, of which around 40 per cent is recycled, compared to 70 per cent in other European countries.

Recycling conserves raw materials and protects natural habitats, reduces the need for mining, quarrying and logging, and refining and processing raw materials, all of which create substantial air and water pollution.

Ribble Valley households have two or three wheeled bins: burgundy for non-recyclable waste, blue for recyclable waste and green for uncooked food and garden waste.

Households can check whether their waste paper and cardboard will be collected on a “blue week” or “green week” by using the bin collection day search.

Anyone needing a white sack or additional white sacks for the collection of waste paper and cardboard is asked to phone Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

White Sack Savvy

  1. Cardboard boxes can be crushed and put in white sacks, or used to hold additional waste paper and left alongside the sack.
  2. Raining? No problem. Wet waste paper and cardboard can still be recycled.
  3. Put your bins and white sacks at your collection point by 7.30am, or the night before, if you are not an early riser.
  4. Toilet roll inners, cereal packets, food boxes and junk mail can all be recycled.