£800,000 to be spent on recycling equipment

Gazette: £800,000 to be spent on recycling equipment £800,000 to be spent on recycling equipment

MORE than £800,000 will be spent on improving Colchester’s recycling equipment.

The money has been earmarked in the council’s capital spending programme, which sets out the authority’s planned large investments.

The equipment, which includes machines to ‘bale’ mixed plastics, will mean the council should be able to increase the income it makes from selling on recyclables.

There are also plans to invest in technology which would automatically sort and bale aluminium drink cans from steel food cans, which are collected from households together.

Sorted products can command higher prices from contractors bidding to buy recyclables.

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5:37pm Wed 5 Feb 14

colcestrian says...

So do they not currently sort the Aluminium cans from the steel ones ?? If not why have they not been doing this from the start, think of all the extra money that could have been generated !
So do they not currently sort the Aluminium cans from the steel ones ?? If not why have they not been doing this from the start, think of all the extra money that could have been generated ! colcestrian

6:36pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

"colcestrian" is quite right. Paula Whitney regularly came from Mersea to Colchester council meetings to speak up about sorted collections. I remember her emphasising the improvement in prices for glass if the bottles were separated by colour. She was repeatedly brushed off without any discussion over the extra costs and revenues.
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There was a TV program where so called recycled waste was sent to China for sorting. The mains wire and pcbs were burnt so the copper and higher value metals could be recovered. The hard drives were offered for sale on Ebay and the reporter visited those whose personal details could be accessed!
"colcestrian" is quite right. Paula Whitney regularly came from Mersea to Colchester council meetings to speak up about sorted collections. I remember her emphasising the improvement in prices for glass if the bottles were separated by colour. She was repeatedly brushed off without any discussion over the extra costs and revenues. . There was a TV program where so called recycled waste was sent to China for sorting. The mains wire and pcbs were burnt so the copper and higher value metals could be recovered. The hard drives were offered for sale on Ebay and the reporter visited those whose personal details could be accessed! Hamiltonandy

10:11pm Wed 5 Feb 14

colcestrian says...

They always used to sort the glass bottles into the different colours when they had the small vans with the separate cage containers on them, I guess they realised it cost too much money to have 3 blokes going round in a van with very little capacity, now they have disappeared and they just chuck all the glass into the same compartment of a normal dustcart !
I don't think they have any idea how to recycle properly themselves !
They always used to sort the glass bottles into the different colours when they had the small vans with the separate cage containers on them, I guess they realised it cost too much money to have 3 blokes going round in a van with very little capacity, now they have disappeared and they just chuck all the glass into the same compartment of a normal dustcart ! I don't think they have any idea how to recycle properly themselves ! colcestrian

1:34pm Thu 6 Feb 14

julieee says...

Junkyard planet is a must read for the council. Anything thrown away is the equivalent of throwing money away. Whilst I support the idea of investing in the machinery to sort and maximise profit I wonder that it hasn't been done a long time ago.
Junkyard planet is a must read for the council. Anything thrown away is the equivalent of throwing money away. Whilst I support the idea of investing in the machinery to sort and maximise profit I wonder that it hasn't been done a long time ago. julieee

3:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

zerowasteisthewaytogo says...

Market prices go up and down. I hear that the value of paper is now on the up as less is recycled now that more happens online. I hope that contracts with collectors are flexible enough to support change.

In the recession the steel companies were not taking any steel cans for recycling at all and the number of cars sold was very low (ref the Eddie Izzard ad).

New markets are being found all the time.
Market prices go up and down. I hear that the value of paper is now on the up as less is recycled now that more happens online. I hope that contracts with collectors are flexible enough to support change. In the recession the steel companies were not taking any steel cans for recycling at all and the number of cars sold was very low (ref the Eddie Izzard ad). New markets are being found all the time. zerowasteisthewaytogo

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