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City Council adapts recycling pilot in response to resident feedback

Milton Keynes City Council is asking some MK households taking part in a waste and recycling pilot to swap from plastic boxes to plastic sacks following feedback from participants.

The vast majority of Milton Keynes households will move to wheelie bins in September, following consultation and a pilot involving thousands of residents. This should lead to less street litter, higher recycling rates, and will be better for the environment, saving on the production of 11 million plastic sacks each year. 

However, as a small number of homes aren’t suitable for wheelie bins, the City Council has been testing alternatives – with residents putting paper and card into a red sack, and plastic, cans and bottles into a blue sack.

Since 2020, residents in parts of New Bradwell have been trialling plastic boxes as an alternative to wheelie bins. Following feedback from local people, the City Council is changing the trial from 20 February and will ask participants to put their recycling into red and blue stronger plastic sacks instead.

In addition, some residents in Netherfield who have not yet been part of a waste collection pilot will also be testing the new red and blue sacks.

Households will receive the new sacks during w/c 13 February, along with an information leaflet and handy collection calendar.

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