Newtownards councillor Simon Hamilton MLA has welcomed a decision by Ards Borough Council to extend recycling facilities for Tetra Pak cartons throughout the borough.
The council currently provides such facilities at its North Road Recycling Centre in Newtownards, but will now be rolling it out to its recycling centres in Comber, Millisle, Ballygowan and Portaferry.
Councillor Hamilton welcomed the move.
“Up to now, because of the difficulty in recycling because they are mixture of plastic and paper, and the need for special treatment, ratepayers in Ards haven’t been able to recycle Tetra Pak cartons via their blue bins and have had to dispose of them in the grey bins which go to landfill,” he said.
“The Tetra Pak recycling bank at the North Road centre in Newtownards has been well received by the general public and has proven popular. I am certain that the Tetra Pak facilities in Comber, Millisle, Portaferry and Ballygowan will be equally successful when they are hopefully installed before Christmas after some small logistical issues are overcome.”
A spokeswoman for Ards Borough Council said: “Tetra Pak recycling banks have been in short supply and until this point have only been available in the recycling centre at North Road, Newtownards.
“We now have a new allocation of the banks which means we can place them in other centres where there is space and so increase the opportunities to recycle this kind of drink and juice cartons. The banks should be in place early in the New Year.”