Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Household Increase Recycling Rates After Council Stops Weekly Collections

Waste Collection London-Homeowners are encouraged to further strengthen their recycling efforts because councils will only be removing their waste every fortnight.
The Department for the Environment , Food and Rural Affairs predicts that for the first time, there will be an increase in recycling than garbage being dump on dump sites.

Local Councils in England have recycled,reduced and reused about 10.7 million tons of garbage that were gathered, rather than being transferred to landfills.
The data shows that, in the 10 councils, the biggest improvements were due to the fortnight waste gathering and food waste recycle in the period of two years of implementation.

A fortnight collection and a different food recycling day has brought the success in Cheltenham Borough Council from 35 percent to 46 percent in a span of one year.
The second largest in London is Borough of Newham which uses rubbish collection and does not gather food waste.

Councils have already increased their guidelines from 15 to 23 percent recycling rate. Ministers have been campaigning to councils recycling efforts from dropping weekly collections.

Advocates have been been encouraging household to recycle more because garbage bins cannot hold enough waste in the span of 14 days. 

Doretta Cocks, founder of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collection, told The Daily Telegraph: “The idea of reducing frequency of residual waste collection is that people are forced to recycle by the lack of capacity in residual waste bins.
“This is a far speedier way of changing attitudes than education which is costly and time-consuming. Unfortunately the end result is contamination of recycling materials.
“Residents are rarely asked whether they are happy with reduced frequency - if they are surveyed they are presented with the option of weekly collections with the most exaggerated costs quoted.”
A Defra spokesman said: “Across the country, people are cutting the amount of waste going to landfill by recycling more. They are not only protecting the environment, but fueling a growing industry that reuses the things they throw away.

“More still needs to be done and we continue to push towards our aim of a zero waste economy, with businesses, councils and householders all doing their bit.”

Local Government minister Brandon Lewis told The Daily Telegraph: “Research shows that residents overwhelmingly prefer a regular and frequent rubbish collection, but under the previous administration the numbers of weekly services across the country halved while council tax doubled.

“Cutting the frequency of collections is a lazy and unnecessary move. It is possible to increase recycling and still have comprehensive weekly service, through better procurement, more joint working and using incentive schemes.”

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