The UK is currently struggling with it’s recycling. A recent report by the environment, food and rural affairs committee insisted that the government begin to take a firmer hand in managing recycling rates across the country, as it was revealed that only 1 in 4 of us actually recycle waste correctly. Some councils, however, are working hard to improve recycling rates! Here’s how!
Denbighshire was one of the worst performing council’s in terms of recycling back in 2009, but over the last few years, things have completely turned round. The council introduced new bins and encouraged residents to recycle a greater variety of waste, including Tetra Paks and plastics. A very small amount of recycling is not accepted, and residents are warned about contaminating the waste by phone calls and visits from council officials. Now, the recycling is of such high quality that the contractor pays the council for it!!
Bath and North East Somerset council have dealt with the problem of collections, by giving recycling crews postcards to hand out to residents as to why they can’t collect something. This keeps the residents in the loop, and leads to less rubbish being left on the street. Because Bath has a lot of residents who are students, the council makes a point of visiting Fresher’s Fairs and engaging directly with students over recycling.
Rochford are one of the UK’s best councils when it comes to recycling. They regularly get recycling levels of over 60%, thanks to an increase in the size of bins they use for recycling. The bigger the bin, the more that gets recycled and the more people are encouraged to throw away. A smaller bin for garden and food waste, which fits neatly into people’s back gardens, means that people are encouraged to compost more of their food, resulting in less contamination of the recycling.
The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames
Kingston council have used the timing of their collections to help improve recycling within their borough. Recycling is collected fortnightly, and residents have found that the more food waste they recycle, the more space they have in their main bin as a result. The council has also spent money on door knocks and leafleting to try and get residents living in flats and apartment to recycle more.
These are all simple, and effective, ideas that have resulted in an increase across in recycling across all four of these councils. But what would work for you? Bigger bins, more regular collections, a greater role from the council in deciding what can and can’t be recycled? Or do you think that councils need to change the mind-set of their residents, to encourage greater levels of recycling?
Undoubtedly, more needs to be done to increase recycling levels across the UK, if we are to reach the target of 50% recycling rates by 2020.
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