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Capacity increased at recycling banks in Tendring

There will be increased capacity at recycling banks across the district from next week (Monday 16 November).

Five new textile banks will be added to existing recycling sites in various places, meaning there are more locations for people to responsibly dispose of clothing.

The sites getting a textile bank are: Station Road, Great Bentley; Barrack Lane, Harwich; Abbey Street, Thorpe-le-Soken; Valley Road, Clacton; Tendring District Council (TDC) offices, Weeley.

The textile banks are being redeployed from Morrisons locations as the supermarket chain is installing its own collection points, meaning Tendring benefits as a whole.

In addition, glass banks can now accept any coloured glass and with lids on, meaning people can use any available bottle bank.

The change comes after an upgrade at the processing plant where lids can be separated and the glass mixed, and is welcome news as currently clear glass banks are often full before the green and brown ones – leading to bottles being left on the floor.

Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, said these were small changes with a big benefit.

“The additional capacity will encourage people to recycle more and give them not as far to travel and mean the bottle banks will need emptying less often – all helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint,” Cllr Talbot said.

“I encourage people to make use of these new facilities.”