East Winch wildlife centre’s fears over new recycling contract

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Charity officials have warned that they may lose out on vital funds because of the expansion of home recycling services in West Norfolk.

Residents can now recycle much more material in their green bins, following the implementation of a new waste deal earlier this month.

But staff at the RSPCA wildlife centre at East Winch have pleaded with residents to keep on using their recycling bins, which help them to raise funds towards their work.

Council leaders say they are confident the new arrangements will not affect existing community provision, but have urged the charity to contact them with any concerns.

Centre manager Alison Charles said they welcomed moves to encourage people to recycle more.

But she added: “We have a number of recycling bins at our centre and they are a great source of additional income to help all the animals in our care. We recently received a cheque for £500 which was raised as a result of three months’ donations of glass bottles.

“The money is vital in helping the animals in our centre, and, while we think it is great local residents are being encouraged to recycle more through this new scheme, we just don’t want our donors to forget us.

“We hope that the residents of Norfolk will continue to support the centre by bringing us their old towels, flannels, newspapers and glass as normal.

“What can be other people’s rubbish is vital life-line to a charity and the money raised from recycling goes straight back to helping the animals in our car.”

Under the new arrangements, which came into force across Norfolk on October 1, residents can now put glass bottles and jars, plastic food pots and trays, soup and juice cartons, shredded paper, envelopes, clean foil and foil trays in their recycling bins.

That is in addition to the card, paper, steel and aluminium cans and plastic bottles which were already collected under the old system.

Brian Long, West Norfolk Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said the new arrangements were primarily designed to collect glass and other materials which would otherwise have gone to landfill sites.

He said he was confident that residents who have supported the RSPCA’s, or other community recycling initiatives, in the past would continue to do so now.

He pointed out that many communities still have paper banks, despite the long-standing provision to recycle paper in the green household bins.

But he added: “If they have concerns, get in touch and we’ll do what we can to give them advice so they can maximise what they get. The charity sector is important to recycling.”