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Consultation on changes to Craven's recycling scheme

Craven District Council has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the district's recycling scheme.

In July 2016, councillors agreed in principle that the collection of recycling in the Craven District would change in the next financial year.

Currently the majority of residents collect cans, plastic and glass in a blue bin or pod, and use a blue bag to collect paper and card.

The proposal is to collect all the recycling items together in the blue bin, removing the need for a blue bag and making it easier for residents to recycle.

Wyn Ashton, Craven District Council's Environmental Services & Housing Manager, said: "Residents have told us that they are dissatisfied with the current two-stream collection regime, and in particular the blue bags. This prompted the council to look at alternative types of methodology.

"The decision in principle is to move to a full co-mingled collection. This means the collection methodology will be simplified, and removes the need for us to distribute and collect blue bags.

"The government has set a target that all local authorities are to achieve 50 per cent recycling by 2020. This new methodology will help us to reach this target. We believe the easier arrangements would lead to an increase in recycling."

Under the new proposal, all recyclates - paper, cans, plastic, glass and card - will be collected fortnightly on the same day in the same container.

Residual household waste will still be collected fortnightly in the green wheeled bin, on alternate weeks to the recycling collection.

The council is asking residents if they have any objections to the changes to the scheme, and if so, what their objections are.

To find out more and to take part in the consultation, go to www.cravendc.gov.uk/comingled

Copies of the consultation are also available at Belle Vue Square, Skipton, Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre, Skipton Tourist Information Centre and Settle Tourist Information Centre.

The consultation will close on December 21st 2016, so residents are asked to complete the survey by this date.