HOUSEHOLDS in Wrexham are being reassured by Wrexham council everything they put out for recycling under the kerbside collection scheme is being recycled and not being sent to landfill or stockpiled.
All glass collected is recycled by Viridor Richardson in St Helens, cans by Chaloners in Llay, paper by Shotton Paper and plastics by J&A Youngs in Derby.
All items are collected from Wrexham by the different firms and officers regularly check the markets to ensure value for money.
Wrexham is recycling 42% of its waste and hopes to improve this figure when the new materials recycling facility operated by Waste Resources Group comes online later this year.
The facility will also be home to a composting facility and residents will soon be issued with “kitchen caddies” that can be used to store food waste that can be put in the green bin and composted.
For the first time, cardboard, will also be taken from the kerbside as residents will be able to put certain types into their green bin.
The new arrangements will be rolled out gradually this year and householders will be notified in advance of the new arrangements.
Lead member for the environment and transport, Cllr David Bithell, said: “Recent press articles may lead residents to think their efforts to recycle are being literally wasted.
“All households in Wrexham can be reassured everything Wrexham council collects for recycling is being recycled.
“Although there have been problems nationally and we have had a drop in income from our recyclables, Wrexham has outlets for its recyclable materials and we only collect what we know can be readily recycled by manufacturers, that is one of the reasons we do not collect items like yoghurt pots and margarine tubs.”