A SCHEME by a Hartlepool firm has seen the level of household waste being recycled shoot up by more than a quarter.
J & B Recycling, based in Thomlinson Road, Hartlepool, upgraded dozens of recycling sites it manages across Teesside last year to make it easier for people to do their bit for the environment.
The improvements increased the range of materials that can be recycled and made it easier to understand which waste goes in which banks.
Bosses are celebrating after the scheme saw public participation in its first year rise by 28 per cent.
Mark Penny, commercial manager of J & B Recycling, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with how well the scheme has performed in its first year and it is proof that streamlining the banks at each site has helped encourage people to use them more.
“The service has been streamlined so that each of the 68 sites has its own tailored solution which we have developed over the year so that they have the optimum number of banks and we have got the frequency of collections just right.”
More than 340 new banks were delivered to the sites which are located at community spaces such as parks and supermarket car parks.
Everything from glass bottles, paper, cardboard, metal cans, plastic bottles, drink cartons and textiles have been recycled.
Colour coded labels on the containers improved the appearance and cleanliness of the sites, reduce congestion and ensure materials are collected effectively.
A spokesman on behalf of the five Tees Valley local authorities added: “The sites look excellent and the new, improved containers have proved a major hit with residents with lots of positive comments on how much easier they are to use, how clean the sites are and the more attractive layout.”