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Pringles tubes among items now accepted at West Berkshire recycling centres

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Pringles tubes and other paper food containers with metal ends are now being accepted for recycling at waste centres across the district.

This is part of a new scheme being launched by West Berkshire Council in association with Veolia UK and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK).

An agreement has been made with ACE UK and packaging manufacturer Sonoco Consumer Products Europe to allow for the recycling of these select items.

The scheme is being launched in partnership with ACE UK and Veolia.
The scheme is being launched in partnership with ACE UK and Veolia.

Already this year, some waste centres in West Berkshire have begun to process plastic pots, tubes and trays, as well as small pieces of electronic equipment and drinks cartons.

Specialist banks accepting these containers are to be found at the Newbury and Padworth Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), as well as the mini recycling centres (MRCs) at Waitrose in Newbury, Sainsbury in Newbury, Station Car Park in Hungerford, the Kingsland Centre in Thatcham, Hillier Garden Centre in Hermitage and Willink Leisure Centre in Burghfield.

West Berkshire Council's executive member for the environment Steve Ardagh-Walter (Con, Thatcham Colthrop and Crookham) said: "Previously paper containers with metal ends such as Pringles tubes could not be recycled through the council's waste collections and we were keen to take this opportunity to include them.

"The residents of West Berkshire have always responded well to the different recycling initiatives we have introduced in recent years.

"We hope that they will take full advantage of this new service that comes just after Recycle Week 2021."

Veolia general manager Sara Perry said: "We've been delighted by residents' response to the recent introduction of the plastic pots, tubs and trays collection points.

"I am confident we'll see residents of West Berkshire engage with this new scheme just as enthusiastically so we are happy to be able to support the initiative."

More information can be found on the council's website.

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