01/12/2011

Recycle, Park & Ride in Norwich

Recycling in Norfolk is set for an extra boost thanks to a new scheme by Norfolk County Council to install recycling banks at all six of its Park and Ride sites around Norwich.

People can now drop off unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, glass bottles and paper at new dedicated recycling areas at Costessey, Thickthorn, Harford, Postwick, Sprowston and Norwich Airport park and ride sites.

Bill Borrett, Norfolk County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said: “This is great scheme for Norfolk. With three million park and ride passenger journeys being made on the service every year by people from right across the county, it will provide a really convenient way for very many residents to recycle "on the go" and help boost the county's recycling rates.

"The scheme demonstrates the County Council's determination to introduce effective and good value for money initiatives that will push up recycling levels in Norfolk and reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill. And with landfill tax due to cost us £13m this year - and increase by £1.8m next year - any savings we can make on this can be used to protect other vital frontline services."

Graham Plant, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation said: "Commuters and shoppers from right across Norfolk who use the County Council's Park and Ride service already do their bit for the environment by using our buses to travel in and out of Norwich instead of their cars.

"Now they can boost their green credentials even further and keep their recycling carbon footprints to a minimum by dropping off recyclables as part of an existing journey instead of generating carbon emissions by making a special trip to their nearest recycling centre."

Park and Ride recycling banks are located in dedicated zones on the quieter parts of the sites so that service vehicles and recyclers don't affect the park and ridservice or customer parking. The new scheme is operated by King's Lynn-based Palm Recycling who will collect the materials and arrange for them to be recycled by specialist reprocessors. Textiles collected at all sites will be sent to the Arthritis Research UK charity, with shops in Norwich and Ipswich.

i Norfolk County Council website