Teignbridge opts for more of the same

Cromwell Polythene has been awarded a contract to supply a further 20,000 kerbside recycling sacks to Teignbridge District Council in Devon, adding to its original order for 60,000 sacks, used for storing and collecting newspapers and magazines.

Teignbridge kerbside bagThe introduction of Cromwell’s reusable sacks for paper forms part of a wider recycling initiative, which includes the launch of separate weekly food waste collections, mixed plastic packaging, all types of cardboard and an optional, paid-for garden waste collection service. The new recycling scheme, which will help the council cope with an increase in the local population, upgrade its vehicles and improve the environmental performance of waste and recycling collections locally, was rolled out over three phases, finishing in November.

Cromwell’s 55-litre woven polypropylene sacks are fitted with two strap handles at the top and a tipping strap at the bottom for easier handling, both by residents and the council’s collection crews. In addition to newspapers and magazines the sacks are used for recycling white paper, directories and catalogues, junk mail, shredded paper and white window envelopes.

Cromwell’s partnership with Teignbridge, to which it also supplies compostable sacks for food and garden waste, as well as a range of refuse sacks and bags for litter bins, goes back many years.

Chris Braines, Teignbridge’s waste and cleansing manager, said: “We have been very pleased with the services provided by Cromwell as part of our major service changes. This has proved to be a very popular product, looks to be suitably durable and comes in at a good price. Cromwell has been great at ensuring production and delivery dates have been met to coincide with our roll out deadlines.”

The amount of waste that is recycled or composted in Teignbridge has been consistently well above the national average, with the council becoming one of the stronger performers, achieving a rate of 53.6 percent last year.