South Tyneside's new scheme to bring recycling to the doorsteps of 65,000 homes in the Borough is being officially launched later this week ( Friday 14th February).
The Kerb-It recycling scheme has been set up by the Council to collect newspapers, magazines, cans and bottles from residents' homes in an effort to cut the vast amount of rubbish that is being sent to landfill sites.
Special boxes will be delivered to every home so that people can store their recyclable materials separately from their normal household waste. These boxes will be collected from the kerbside every fortnight by recycling contractor Premier Waste Management.
The first box deliveries will take place in the Whitburn, Cleadon and Boldon areas next Monday (17th February) and will be emptied two weeks later on 3rd March. The service will be gradually set up in other parts of the Borough and the whole scheme will be fully operational by June.
Councillor Andy Frost, Lead Member for the Environment says: "We must look after our environment for our children and all children of the future. By making recycling easier we hope to help people to dispose of their rubbish in a way that protects our environment in the long term. Actions today will make a difference to tomorrow. I hope that people will find Kerb-It a convenient, clean and efficient service and it will help us reach our ambitious target to see a major increase in recycling."
Although 'Kerb-It' will allow residents to recycle right on the doorstep, people can still visit their local recycling centres which are operating as normal.