Cornwall tests new circular recycling system

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The beverage bins will be placed at different on-the-go environments

A trial circular recycling system for used drinks packaging will take place in Cornwall later this year to cut down on the county’s littering problems.

New ‘Beverage Bins’ will be placed at different on-the-go environments including high streets and beaches.

They will accept all types of single-use containers to avoid consumer confusion and boost recycling rates.

Over a three-month period from June to August 2018, the 200 bins will be closely monitored to see how easy they are to use, whether contamination can be reduced and how the composition of packaging changes in different environments.

Material will be sorted locally to analyse material collected before being sent on to processing sites in the UK.

Matthew Thomson, co-chair of The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership, said: “Nowhere in the British Isles feels the effect of ocean plastics more than we do here in Cornwall.

“All of Cornwall’s waste is currently shipped to other parts of the UK so we desperately need a radical new solution that not only attracts the support of consumers but leaves a lasting recycling legacy for the county.”

Circular economy practitioners Closed Loop Environmental Solutions are running the project in conjunction with Cornish product designers and manufacturers ashortwalk.

Organisers will use a marketing campaign supported by an app to reward consumers for using the bins.

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