From The Echo

A couple of items:

Green superbins on the way . . . er, they’re blue
Jan 18 2007
by Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo

A NEW “superbin” for residents to dump their bottles, cans and papers will soon be distributed to homes across Liverpool.

The container will end the need for householders to separate their recyclable rubbish into different bags and boxes for the fortnightly collection.

After the controversy over the choice of colour of the city’s existing purple wheelie bins, the ECHO can reveal the shade of the new bins – blue.

No comment from Dusty BinLiverpool council today unveiled the plan after puzzled residents saw bottles, cans and paper dumped into the same lorry by binmen.

Some feared the rubbish would be simply dropped off at a landfill site rather than recycled.

But it has emerged the council is taking waste to a high-tech machine at Merseyside’s recycling centre in Wirral, where it is sorted electronically into separate piles.

Officials have asked families to keep using the old boxes and bags for the time being as they try to improve Liverpool’s under-fire recycling record.

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Grot-spot gets green treatment
Jan 18 2007
by Greg O'Keeffe, Liverpool Echo

A GROT-spot in the heart of a Merseyside community has been transformed into allotments.

Residents in Halewood are turning over a new leaf in 2007 after the site on Holland Road, which was once derelict land, has been transformed.

A shed yesterday
The 24 allotments were given an honourable opening when the Mayor of Knowsley, Councillor Joan Quilliam and the Town Mayor of Halewood Councillor Tommy Fearns, officially handed them over to their new owners.

David Thompson, Knowsley council’s allotment manager, said: “They will provide eight full plots and 16 half ones enabling residents to start growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.

“With more and more people wanting to have organic vegetables this is an ideal opportunity for them.”

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