Councillors are set to agree on a new £100,000 scheme which will help Norfolk communities get recycling projects off the ground.

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The Norfolk Community Recycling Advisory Service (NCRAS) will be a one-stop shop for groups to get free practical and technical advice on establishing or expanding recycling and composting schemes.

Members of Norfolk County Council will debate the service during its cabinet meeting on Monday (May 14) and, if passed, it will be launched immediately, according to Kate Murrell, waste reduction manager for the authority.

Mrs Murrell said the scheme will allow groups to receive expert advice on licenses, regulations, insurance or planning permission.

She added: “The community groups are hitting these stumbling blocks and not moving forward.”

Experts giving the advice will not belong to the council but will be from May Gurney and McDonald’s, who are partners of the NCRAS.

Mrs Murrell said recycling banks and composting areas for green waste set up by voluntary groups benefits communities by getting people involved in the process.

The NCRAS will run alongside the council’s recycling credits scheme which pays £340,000 a year to parish and town councils as well as charities and community groups who have set up recycling centres across the county.

These credits, given back to groups by the council, are based on the amount of money it would cost for waste to be put into landfill.

Bill Borrett, cabinet member for environment and waste, said he was delighted with the NCRAS proposal.

He added: “More local recycling schemes can bring big benefits to Norfolk. They make it more convenient for people to recycle, and that means higher levels of recycling and less waste being sent to landfill.

“Whether communities want to simply start from scratch with a couple of bring banks, set up a scheme to refurbish second hand items and give them a new lease of life, or establish a full scale community composting scheme, this new service from the county council is designed to give a helping hand with clear, practical advice so local communities can get up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

During a recent full council meeting, new chairman Ian Monson said: “We all discard so much good clothing, books, furniture and other household objects, which can be sorted and found new homes through charities, shops, markets, fetes and car boot sales.

“There is so much potential to increase our recycling rates in this way. These voluntary groups need positive recognition.”

During this year and last year the recycling rate across the county was 46pc and Mrs Murrell said she hoped that number would increase through the NCRAS.

Andrew Boswell, green councillor for the Norwich’s Nelson ward, said: “I welcome this as a small first step towards a zero waste culture in Norfolk. However much greater investment is needed in recycling and particularly reuse. A county the size of Norfolk should be developing reuse parks, as in some US states. That way, there would be no need to consider an incinerator.”

One village which has benefited from a recycling scheme is North Tuddenham after the parish council set up two bring banks two years ago.

A team of five volunteers and working parties of up to 20 people collect metals, paper, cardboard.

The group also turns hard plastics into granules and refurbishes household items.

Jonathan Stapleton, chairman of North Tuddenham Parish Council, said: “The income we now make from our village recycling is good. It certainly means we can spend more in our community than we’d ever be able with just our precept. The scheme has also fostered a strong sense of community spirit with the team getting together on such a regular basis.”

Currently advice on planning and regulations for recycling units is provided through the council’s waste reduction team.

If approved, requests for advice through the NCRAS can be sent to zerowaste@norfolk.gov.uk or by ringing 0344 800 8020. For more information about the scheme, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/communityrrr

14 comments

  • The waste incinerator for King's Lynn will finish the town, families are already leaving of fear as they are already worrying about the pollution from Palm Paper Mill, and Bill Borrett is pulling the wool over our eyes with his recycling idea after signing a contract to sentence the people of King;s Lynn to over 25 years of breathing what the rest of Norfolk and other counties puts in their black bin without sorting. And everything else that industries want to dump in it. Doctors are telling families with children with asthma to move away from King's Lynn. We will know who to vote for at election time Bill and it won't be you.

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    Jack

    Saturday, May 12, 2012

  • Recycling is very hard, time consuming work, and the income is always fluctuating due to supply and demand. Only go into it after very,very, careful research and have at least a three year commitment to run a project.

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    bedoomed

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • "The Norfolk Community Recycling Advisory Service (NCRAS) will be a one-stop shop" -says it all. Our ruling elite are past masters at thinking up catching names and spending money. Why does it need a fancy committee. Just listen to the people ho pay your wages and pensions, and then act without all this flimflam

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    weaversway

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • What I want to know is will I be able to recycle tins with lables or envelopes with plastic windows? If not, then I don't see the point.

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    telawrence

    Sunday, May 13, 2012

  • More wasted public money...

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    wes1975

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • And there's the County Council with their tiny little sticking plaster thinking they can mend the giant rift caused in this county by their pursuit of an incinerator.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • How can they possibly justofy spending this kind of money at this time. How is it that councils have all this money whilst the rest of us struggle for basics. Its shocking.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • One hundred thousand on recycling and how many ten's of millions on the Energy from Waste Incinerator - a sop.

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    Joyce

    Saturday, May 12, 2012

  • I suggest the groups, including local parish councils, opposing the incinerator set up some green banks. They could use the grant money to fund yearly INDEPENDENT soil and river water sampling when the incinerator is built! That way the EA can be well informed enough to be on top of pollution breaches as soon as they start poisoning our environment. What better way to protect our community, other than of course stopping it being built in the first place.

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • And it will be the people of King's Lynn that will be left to breath in the burning of everyones black bin waste from the whole of Norfolk and other counties not to mention what industries throw into the burner.Their are plans for more waste incinerators Norwich is still on their cards, all those extra black bins form all those extra new houses to deal with watch out Borretts about. Incinerator Norwich soon, you are warned.

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    Jack

    Saturday, May 12, 2012

  • The devil again will be in the detail, but try finding that information on the Cabinet agenda for Monday 14th! Is this really transparency in action? Recycling credits are non statutory and can be stopped at any time as far as I know, so why encourage people to start something which would never be self financing? I f people want to set up the schemes let them make their own enquiries of existing staff or WRAP, instead of another line of bureaucracy. Well said Councillor Boswell, more information please.

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    bedoomed

    Saturday, May 12, 2012

  • Ker-ching!! This won't last for long - NCC will have to stamp out recycling in order to feed their pet volcano in Kings Lynn, otherwise the Norfolk taxpayer will be paying huge penalties to Cory Wheelabrator for years to come. It's also a pity that May Gurney isn't more concerned with the fact that the proposed incinerator will be blowing toxic dust all over their employees at Saddlebow.....

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    User Removed

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • wes1975 that is one of the funniest posts I have seen in a long time! Seriously though when is the penny going to drop that they way to deal with recycling is to not allow suppliers to provide food and goods in such huge amounts of paper, plastic and metal. This has to be dealt with nationally. In any event the incinerator that they are trying to build at Kings Lynn will gobble up all rubbish, recyclable or not and throw out poisonous particulates to rain down on the people of that town and further beyond. So £100,000 for chatting about whether you put a tin in recycling or the black bin matters not one whit. It's all going to the same place otherwise Cory Wheelabrator will be sucking up a great deal more than £100,000 from our pockets on a regular basis.

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    alecto

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Amateurs composting green waste is just not on-it has to be done properly to not cause a nuisance from liquid effluent and to be safe for reuse. I reckon even commercially composted green waste is dodgy because there are no controls over what materials enter the chain eg grass clippings treated with lawn weedkiller, residue of weeds treated with roundup or green material from shrubs and plants that are poisonous such as monkshood.From the almost intact woody material I find in commercial compost containing recycled material I can only conclude that the process involves shredding and then a very short composting period. And from the seedlings which sprout from some a dangerously low compostimg temperature. This is a waste of money which would be better spent council collections of a wider range of recycleables

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, May 11, 2012

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