beats recycling target
17.5% of waste is recycled - up 7% n last year
rates in Wandsworth have hit a record high over the past 12 months, with huge
increases in the amount of items now being recycled by households, which means
that the borough has comfortably beaten its compulsory 16 per cent recycling target
set by the Government.
terms of tonnage, residents recycled nearly 15,000 tonnes of waste between April
2003 and the end of March 2004, compared to just over 9,000 tonnes during the
same period in 2002/3.
research has also shown that residents are very happy with local recycling services.
A study carried out by pollsters MORI and the Open University found that that
64 per cent are satisfied with the borough's recycling services and the range
of materials collected. This is a 25 per cent increase in figures obtained in
a similar attitude survey undertaken in 2002.
research, commissioned by the Rethink Rubbish Western Riverside campaign, also
A total of 71 per cent of residents agree with the statement - "I recycle
everything possible/a lot".
Those feeling "well informed" about recycling services has grown by
17 per cent to hit 60 per cent.
increase is being mainly attributed to the council's Orange Sack service, which
was introduced in April 2003, plus the many publicity and awareness activities
carried out over the past 12 months by the council and its partners in the Rethink
Rubbish Western Riverside campaign.
are now able to put paper, card, glass, tin cans and plastic bottles in the same
Orange Sack, which is collected every week from doorsteps. This simplified service
was automatically extended to the 83,000 households in the borough with an individual
doorstep refuse collection, making it easy and convenient for people to recycle.
household receives regular supplies of Orange Sacks - which are themselves made
from recycled material - and residents who run out can pick up additional ones
by visiting their local library or the town hall.
the wake of the scheme's success, an Orange-style recycling service is also now
being extended to all of the borough's housing estates, which will enable people
to place paper, cardboard, tin, glass, and plastic bottles in recycling containers
situated on their doorsteps.
make the system work the council is increasing the number of recycling banks on
housing estates from just over 400 to 1,600. Just like the Orange sacks used elsewhere
in the borough, estate residents will be able to place all their recycleables
in the same bank.
fourfold increase means there will be an individual recycling bank for the vast
majority of housing blocks in the borough - both council and private. These new
banks will also complement the 175 that have been placed at leisure centres, supermarkets
and car parks across the borough. A
lack of adequate storage space in high rise flats has meant this type of recycling
system was impractical. Using the same bank to recycle lots of different items
overcomes this hurdle.
member for environment and public services Cllr Guy Senior said: "It is a
great achievement to have beaten the Government's very tough recycling target.
People in Wandsworth deserve a pat on the back for their role in this success.
were confident that if we were able to make recycling as simple and convenient
as possible, then people would naturally want to play their part. We
are now looking at ways of working with the community to increase our recycling
levels even further. We are aiming to hit our next target of 24 per cent by the
end of March 2006."
of privately owned housing blocks who would like a recycling bank should telephone
(020) 8871 6233. Council tenants or leaseholders should telephone (020) 8871 8604.
May 20, 2004