Plymouth recycles 337 tonnes of bottles after festive season
NEW YEAR festivities have seen us hit the bottle – 337 tonnes of bottles to be precise.
The bottles, which weigh the equivalent of 48 double decker buses, have been collected at Chelson Meadow Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
Since boxing day the centre has also sorted 23 tonnes of newspapers, 14 tonnes of cans and a whopping 600 tonnes of paper, card and plastic – which combine to match the weight of a further 91 double deckers.
The busiest days of the festive period saw Chelson Meadow receive 1,325 and 1,320 vehicles, on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 January.
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Cllr Brian Vincent, Cabinet member for the Environment, said: "Christmas is inevitably one of the busiest times for our crews both on the vehicles and in the household recycling centres.
"A staggering amount of rubbish and recycling has to be sorted over this period.
"Sometimes it's good to remind people of the sheer scale of the waste we create and a reminder that it all has to be sorted and sent somewhere. The more we recycle, the less will be sent to landfill."
Weston Mill and Chelson Meadow recycling centres also sorted a large amount of household goods as people cleared out after receiving Christmas presents.
16 tonnes of fridges and freezers, 36 tonnes of televisions and 28 tonnes of domestic appliances were sent for either re-use or recycling.
Plymouth residents also seemed to be getting on with DIY over the festive period as 185 tonnes of stone, soil and plasterboard was sorted, as well as 222 tonnes of wood.
The mammoth amount of waste is an increase on the amounts usually handled by the recycling centre.
A council spokesman said: "We've looked at a similar period in November when refuse collection was 2,200 tonnes compared to 2,300 over Christmas.
"Our recyclables collection took 865 tonnes compared to 950 tonnes over Christmas."
And almost double the average amount of cars rolled up after a post Christmas clear out.
The spokesman added: "The busiest day at Chelson Meadow HWRC over Christmas was Saturday 5 January when we saw 1,325 cars visit the site.
"On Sunday 2 December there were 880.
"Our bring bank service carried out 103 collections compared to 138 over Christmas. Our glass collections generated 135 tonnes compared to 224 over the Christmas period.
"Chelson Meadow received 193 tonnes of waste compared to 287 over Christmas."