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PUBLISHED: 18:00 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 11 August 2010

BARKING and Dagenham council is launching the latest stage in the battle to go from being the borough with the worst recycling record in London to the one with the cleanest streets. On June 30 the council will launch the pilot of its new wheelie bin sche

BARKING and Dagenham council is launching the latest stage in the battle to go from being the borough with the worst recycling record in London to the one with the cleanest streets.

On June 30 the council will launch the pilot of its new wheelie bin scheme, designed to improve recycling rates and to clean up the borough's streets.

The scheme will last for six months, during which residents in the pilot areas will be asked to put their household waste into the wheelie bin provided and their recyclable items into orange bags.

Residents can also request a green bin for garden waste and households all over the borough will be provided with a blue box to enable them to recycle glass bottles.

Director of Customer Services David Woods said: "We want to thank people in the borough for the way they have embraced recycling.

"We are currently at 22% but we have become a bit stuck there and would really like to be in the area of 40-45%."

The council wishes to waylay concerns residents may have arising from rumours about the scheme.

The wheelie bins will not be fitted with microchips, collections, will not be cut to once a fortnight and there are no plans to charge residents for collections.

According to council figures, around 80% of waste can be recycled, but Barking and Dagenham currently send more rubbish to landfill sites than many other borough in London.

Director of Customer Services Mr Woods said: "We want to have the best recycling rate in London.

"Because of rises in landfill taxes and the current costs involved in collection and disposal, increased recycling could lead to a £600,000 saving in council tax every year, and this is money that could be put towards making our street even cleaner."

In addition to increased recycling, the council hopes the scheme will contribute towards making the borough's streets cleaner.

"When people leave black bags on the streets they get split for many reasons," Mr Woods said.

"We are trying to address this issue with wheelie bins so the rubbish does not get onto the streets."

For more information on the scheme or to find out if you live in one of the pilot areas visit www.lbbd.gov.uk or call 0208 215 3000.


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