Ian Shires

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willenhall North Ward, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Walsall MBC Learn more

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New Clothing and Textile Re-cycling Service – Why?

by Ian Shires on 5 May, 2018

There has been a great deal of comment about a new clothing and textile recycling collection service that the council is introducing in partnership with JMP Wilcox who are well established textile recyclers and re-processors.

Every council has demanding government targets to reduce the amount of waste produced and to recycle more. If these are not met councils face tough financial penalties, which may ultimately be passed on to residents through their Council Tax bills.

So the main aim of the new service is to help to reduce the amount of stuff going into land fill which has strict limits imposed by the Government. It is also part of the drive to reduce fly tipping which is costing in the region of £500,000 a year to clean up, that’s £500,000 that can’t be used to pay for vital services such as adult social care and children’s services.

Contrary to popular opinion Walsall Council does have a good record of successful convictions of those caught in the act of fly tipping; it was one of the first council’s to have someone jailed for the offence.

Many items found around the home can be used for different purposes, so before you throw those items away, so to help keep costs down think about how they can be reused and check the Council’s website for details just what can and can’t be recycled:- http://walsallbins.co.uk/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/recycling/

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