Merton awarded over £ ½ m to recycle

Money will help the borough recycle as Merton’s successful bid for a share of the London Recycling Fund means that the Council can now fund a new and improved kerbside recycling service for residents.

The London Recycling Fund was created in 2002 after London successfully secured the £21 Million share of the Governments £140 Million National Recycling Fund. London Boroughs were invited to make project applications for recycling and waste minimisation projects. The applications were assessed by a board, lead by London Waste Action, to determine if the payment requested should be made or not. Merton Council was successful in their bid for £640,787.

Merton’s successful bid will enable the Council to expand the current borough-wide kerbside recycling scheme to allow a larger range of materials to be collected. It is planned to include paper, cans, glass, plastics, cardboard and foil in the new collection scheme.

Kerbside Recycling trials are currently in progress around the borough to assess the best method of collection. An extended borough-wide scheme is expected to be phased in throughout 2003 and to be fully operational across the whole borough by March 2004.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in our bid for a share of the London Recycling Fund. It will enable Merton to make recycling easier and to encourage residents to think of recycling as a natural part of the process of putting the bins out for collection.”

For more information about the Kerbside Recycling Scheme contact 020 8545 4774 or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/refuse.