Valpak, the UK packaging recycling organisation, has joined forces with six local authorities in England to provide kerbside glass collection facilities for local residents.
The scheme, which has benefited from a £1 million grant from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), will be run in association with the district councils in Wellingborough, East Northants, Fenland, Huntingdonshire, South Holland and South Kesteven, collectively known as the Peterborough Cell.
Mixed waste glass will be collected from the doorsteps of 10,000 residents in each area - 60,000 residents in all - on a monthly basis. Valpak will act as a broker for the scheme, taking the estimated 2,100 tonnes a year that will be collected to reprocessors.
"This project is a great example of how Valpak can work in partnership with local communities," commented Steve Gough, director of operations at Valpak. "We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Peterborough Cell to boost recycling glass within the UK."
The scheme is expected to be up and running by November this year.