New bins are to be installed in Aylesbury town centre to drive up recycling rates and combat the menace of discarded chewing gum and cigarette butts.
A total of ten bins will be placed in prominent locations such as High Street, Market Square and Kingsbury.
The black ‘heritage style’ bins will include spaces for recyclable items and also incorporate recepticles for ash and chewing gum.
Aylesbury Town Council is installing them at a cost of £3,800, while the district council will collect the waste as part of its usual rounds.
Town council leader Mike Smith said: “Aylesbury Vale District Council brought in the home recycling scheme which has been very popular. But obviously in the town people are wandering around with bottles and newspapers in their lunch break and at the moment it all goes into bins which end up at landfill.
“The new recycling bins will improve recycling rates. It is great news all round.”
He added that the bins can be unlocked and placed where there is greater demand, for example if there is an event going on in Kingsbury.