Plymouth City Council is preparing to roll out a mass-scale trial to determine the effectiveness of glass recycling collections.

Around 15,000 households will take part in the trial, which would see jars and bottles collected from everyday recycling bins for home use, as part of a drive to boost the recycling rate of glass in the city, thisisplymouth.co.uk reports.

Currently householders must walk their glass to one of the city’s 117 bottle banks if they wish to recycle it. However, some sites required several council collections because of their popularity, including Morrison’s at Plymstock and Outland Road, and Sainsbury’s at Marsh Mills.

In the last year, some 3,156 tonnes of green, brown and clear bottles have been collected via this method, but councillors say that they can do even better.

“We need to increase recycling rates as part of our commitment to a greener Plymouth and this new trial is a step in the right direction,” said cabinet member for environment, councillor Brian Vincent.

On plymouth.gov.uk, Mr Vincent explained that the pilot will keep instructions as clear as possible to ensure maximum take-up.

He said: “No extra containers are needed. All we’re asking people to do is to put empty, clean glass bottles and jars into their existing recycling bin or bag, which will be collected on their usual day every fortnight.”

The trial begins in September followed by a city-wide roll-out later in the year.

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