IKEA is in the pink by offering recycling sacks in Milton Keynes

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Furniture firm IKEA is the latest outlet to offer pink recycling sacks in Milton Keynes.

From Wednesday the firm will be one of the 50 places that city residents can pick up the sacks for disposing of paper, cardboard, cans, tins, plastic bottles, and even old clothes or curtains.

Milton Keynes currently recycles 53.5 per cent of its waste, compared to the national rate of 43.9 per cent.

Deputy store manager Barbara Harrison said: “At IKEA we want to have a positive impact on people and the planet, and to help our customers live a more sustainable life at home.

“We are pleased to now offer pink recycling sacks in store, making it easier for our customers to recycle at home and helping Milton Keynes Council improve recycling rates in the local area”.

Mick Legg, council cabinet member for environment and waste, added: “We’re delighted to add IKEA and these additional charity shops to our list of over 50 outlets across the borough where residents can pick up free pink sacks for recycling – these are in addition to the roll of 80 sacks currently being delivered to every property which will come to an end in mid-October.

“IKEA is well–known for its green ethos and by taking this step, it is providing a valuable service to local residents offering seven day a week and late opening hours, making pink sacks even more accessible and helping to keep our recycling rate well above the English average.”

Other venues which have recently started distributing pink sacks are the Kingston Community Shop, the Age UK Charity Shop in Stony Stratford High Street, and Age UK Bookstore in Wolverton.

For a full list of pink sack outlets visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/waste-recycling/bins-bags-and-boxes/pink-sack-outlets