Cardboard Recycling
Cardboard recycling sacks coming to your doorstep

In response to popular demand from residents, Chelmsford Borough Council is delighted to announce that it will be adding cardboard to its successful kerbside recycling scheme early in the New Year.
Over the next few weeks, residents can expect to receive their recycling sack for cardboard, an information leaflet on the new cardboard recycling service and collection dates for 2007. These sacks will display a Chelmsford Borough Council logo and relevant contact details and should not be confused with other types of sack that are left on doorsteps, such as those for charity collections. Remember to keep your sack ready for use from January onwards.
Cardboard boxes, toy packaging and non-metallic wrapping paper from your Christmas celebrations, as well as everyday items such as cereal packets and cardboard egg boxes can be put out in the sacks for collection from the kerbside after Christmas. The sacks will be collected every four weeks, falling on the same day of the week as the green boxes.
The Council already collects cans, glass, paper, plastic bottles, textiles and green waste on a regular fortnightly basis from 60,000 homes across the borough. By introducing cardboard recycling, the borough hopes to increase its local recycling rate from 28 percent to an estimated 33 percent. The new service will be regularly monitored and, if appropriate, may be increased to a fortnightly collection later during 2007.
Chelmsford Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Janette Potter, said, “The Council is very pleased to announce the introduction of cardboard recycling. By increasing recycling rates, the Council can improve the environment and in turn improve the quality of life for local people.”o
Cardboard is recycled by soaking it in water and agitating the solution to separate out the cellulose fibres found in paper. This process gradually shortens the fibres so they can only be recycled three or four times. Any contaminants are removed and the pulp is then pressed into sheets and dried to form new cardboard.
Cardboard does not always need to be re-pulped for recycling. Large boxes or sheets that are in good condition can be re-cut and folded into new smaller boxes, with the off-cuts going for pulping. Similarly it can be shredded as an alternative to straw in animal bedding and insulation.
For more information on recycling visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/recycling.
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