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Tips on recycling emblazoned on new-look trucks

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24 July 2017

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Enfield’s recycling trucks have been given a well-earned facelift with new livery designed to help residents dispose of their waste more effectively.

- Enfield’s recycling trucks treated to new livery
- Design will remind residents of what can be recycled
- Council aims to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020
Enfield’s recycling trucks have been given a well-earned facelift with new livery designed to help residents dispose of their waste more effectively.
The new designs show different groups of recyclable materials – glass, paper, plastics and tins – along with advice on the correct way to recycle them, for example, by rinsing out containers and removing lids.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “There’s plenty we can do to recycle more of the rubbish we create and the information on the side of Enfield Council’s recycling trucks will hopefully have an impact. A clean, green Borough contributes positively to our aim of building strong communities.”
“The more we recycle, the better it is for the environment and it also saves money for taxpayers by diverting waste away from more costly landfill. Enfield Council is doing its utmost to make it easier for householders to recycle their waste. Residents are doing a fantastic job helping us to recycle as much as possible, but sometimes their efforts are scuppered by contamination. So please remember, if in doubt, leave it out.”
The Council’s recycling collections are carried out five days a week, Monday to Friday. There are 13 trucks in total, each carting away around 6.5 tonnes of recyclable material per crew. In 2016/17, around 38% of household waste was sent for reuse, recycling and composting in Enfield. The aim is to increase that figure to 50% by 2020.
Enfield’s residents can recycle a whole host of items in their blue-lidded bins – newspapers and magazines, cardboard boxes, glass bottles and jars, food tins and cans, plastic bottles, tubs, drink cartons and empty aerosol cans.
However, you are asked to rinse out any containers before disposing of them. Contaminated materials could spoil a whole load of recyclable material, which would have to instead be taken to landfill.
Residents are asked not to throw certain items in their recycling bins – nappies, tissues, plastic bags or food wrapping, shredded paper, clothes, shoes, electrical items, foil, food/garden waste, broken glass or polystyrene, clinical waste/feeding tubes, coloured food trays or food trays that have contained raw meat. For a full list of what can and can’t be recycled, go to the Council’s dedicated website page here.
Remember, recycling saves taxpayers and the Council money. It costs around £130 to tip a tonne of waste into a landfill site, but just £40 to recycle it*. Enfield Council has to make savings of £50 million by 2020/21 including £21 million in the current financial year because of significant reductions in central government funding. This is on top of the £131 million the Council has already been forced to save since 2010.
There are also many alternatives to blue bin recycling – try upcycling, reusing or taking items to charity. For information on your options, please see our website or follow @EnfieldCouncil on Twitter. In addition, the North London Waste Authority has some tips on reducing waste and increasing recycling. See their tweets @WiseUpToWaste. 

*Figures from the North London Waste Authority