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Canals and rivers to get more recycling bins

In response to boater demand, and to make the canals even greener, we are installing recycling bins on canals and rivers at almost 100 sites around the country.

Boaters are keen to see more recycling bins on the waterway and this ties in with our ambition to encourage responsible recycling and get people to think about how they treat their rubbish.

We will be removing some of its general waste bins and replacing them one-for-one with recycling bins. While many canals have recycling banks nearby, we hope that having visible, easy access bins will make it easier for boaters.

Cleaner and greener

The bins will be installed in north Wales and Cheshire from mid-July, and will then be rolled out across the nation's canals and rivers. We will be publishing information about the location of the sites on our website as well as providing on-site signs about the facilities.

Vince Moran, our operations director, said: “Recycling bins are great for everybody: they give boaters what they want and help send out a message about how to get rid of your rubbish responsibly and in the most environmentally sound manner.

While our waste contractors do recycle much of our waste at the end of the collection process, this is something that can't be seen by the public. Recycling bins provide a visual reminder to people to recycle as much as they can, and encourage environmentally conscious behaviour. We all want to see a healthy environment.

Please use the new bins as much as you can, and make sure you look after them, so they can be as effective as possible.”

Part of our plan

Reducing waste and increasing recycling forms a key part of our Green Plan, which has been in operation since 2010. The plan aims to reduce the charity's carbon emissions and ensure it operates as sustainably as possible. It looks at factors including gas, electricity, recycling, contractors and sustainable procurement.

We have reduced carbon emissions by an astonishing 26% in five years and received accreditation from the Carbon Trust. This was achieved through strenuous efforts to reduce energy usage and to promote greener means of transport.

Last Edited: 13 July 2015

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