Wellingborough recycling scheme 'raises £350k for council'

A recycling scheme in Northamptonshire has raised nearly £350,000 to help pay for local services and cut the cost of disposal by more than £100,000 a year.

Wellingborough Council said collecting and recycling paper, metal, plastic and glass used to cost £174,657.

But now a new scheme with a recycling firm generates cash and saves money.

Payments from the contractor and government recycling credits are expected to bring in £345,885 for 2011-12, the council said.

Council chairman Peter Morrall said: "Not only do we now receive income for the materials collected instead of paying for it to be disposed of, but we've also been able to increase the amount of items, such as glass bottles and plastic bags.

"We'd really encourage residents to make sure they recycle as much as possible - not only is it great for the environment but it also generates money we can use to help fund other services."

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