Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Recycling extended to include plastic containers and drinks cartons

For many, and that includes me, it has been a source of frustration and waste. Drinks cartons and margarine pots which state that they are recyclable on the packet are continuously left behind by the Council’s recycling trucks. Well this is set to end as the Conservative administration extends recycling to plastic containers and drinks cartons.

The move will save more than 1,000 tonnes of extra waste and lead to a two per cent rise in the borough’s recycling rate. A small but very necessary move in Richmond’s efforts to limit its carbon emissions, and one which I fully endorse. As an avid recycler it is always annoying that these items cannot be recycled and end up in the general rubbish. Now we can fully reduce, re-use and recycle.
Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: Richmond upon Thames’ residents are already among the best recyclers in London, but in recent years our recycling rate has leveled off at around 43%. This is a good rate, but more can be done.
“Once these proposals to extend what can be recycled are adopted, we should see a step change in how much rubbish can be re-used.  Residents haves asked for many years why they can’t recycle yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and juice cartons and, having listened, we are now acting on their wishes.”