FIVE new points for recycling cartons have been set up across Hambleton district.
Paper based cartons are used for a wide variety of foodstuffs and it is estimated that nationally up to 55,000 tonnes are produced each year, most of which is not recycled.
But now Hambleton District Council has joined forces with the carton industry to establish collection points in Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale, Easingwold and Stokesley. Once collected they will be re-used for a range of products from plasterboard liners to high strength paper bags and envelopes.
Their introduction is one of a series of schemes being put in place to increase recycling across the district. Each home will begin kerbside recycling in November when residents will be able to leave glass, paper, cans, tins and plastic bottles for fortnightly collection along with household waste and compost.
"Our residents have embraced the recycling schemes we have in place, so we expect these new banks to be just as popular," said recycling officer, Lucy Stafford-Brown.
"Last year we recycled or composted almost 40 per cent of all household waste through the fortnightly collections and our town and village recycling points. It is vital that this keeps on increasing - we cannot keep on sending waste to landfill sites."
Hambleton's new carton banks are at recycling centres at: Tesco, Thirsk; Co-op, Stokesley; Auction Mart car park, Bedale; Applegarth car park, Northallerton; Galtres Centre car park, Easingwold.