Improved recycling services for Royston

IMPROVED recycling services are on the way for Crow country residents after a council received a £358,000 grant.

North Herts District Council has received the cash from the Hertfordshire County Council’s Waste Partnership, and will use it to help with the introduction of new purple bins this summer.

The purple bins will be used for non-recyclable rubbish, with the current general use grey bins being reserved for mixed recycling, including – for the first time – plastic, cartons and textiles.

Royston councillor Peter Burt, the district council’s portfolio holder for waste, recycling and environment, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the additional funding from Herts County Council.

“This will help us make improvements to the waste and recycling service so that we can offer people of North Herts greater opportunities to recycle from their doorstep, which will in turn help to protect the environment and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.”

As part of the changes, residents will also receive a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to make it easier for them to recycle more of their food waste. Blue recycling boxes will continue to be used to collect paper, while brown bins will contain food and garden waste only.

The move will bring the district council into line with South Cambridgeshire District Council, which already offers kerbside collections of all recyclable materials.