Half of rubbish Kingston households send to landfill could be recycled instead

Half of rubbish Kingston households send to landfill could be recycled instead

Half of rubbish Kingston households send to landfill could be recycled instead

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Half of what residents put in their black household waste bins should be recycled instead, a lead councillor has said.

Coun David Cunningham, cabinet member for environment, said food waste and plastics were being carted off to landfill instead of being recycled.

He said: "There's a major education exercise there. Half of what goes into our landfill bins wouldn't need to.

"People are putting in their wood, their food waste, their paper waste, and their plastic and bottles.

"If we get people to recycle more of the materials that they're actually putting into their landfill, it would make an even bigger impact."

Kingston Council officers reported in June that 35 per cent, or about 9,000 tonnes, of the borough's "residual" waste was food which could have been composted.

Only 15 percent of textiles which could have been recycled last year was correctly disposed of, a report said.

Kingston's recycling waste is collected weekly, and black bins are emptied every other week.

Coun Cunningham said Kingston Council was considering weekly collections as part of a renegotiated deal with contractors Veolia.

Deputy Lib Dem leader Coun Stephen Brister said: "It doesn't surprise me at all that there can be quite high levels of recyclable waste not being recycled.

"This is more expensive if we're pushing more waste into landfill."

The news comes as the Conservative Party is rumoured to be considering a place in its 2015 election manifesto for a pledge of weekly bin collections.

Coun Brister said weekly bin collections would be "a gimmick and a headline".

He added: "You're raising the cost of provision of waste disposal, and you're slightly undermining trying to improve your recycling rate."

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8:51am Fri 22 Aug 14

S Leader says...

I am amazed that we can now drive into the dump without showing our passes perhaps this is another reason for a rise in landfill,Also why print expensive passes and no longer use them if this is official policy stop issuing and save the print cost
I am amazed that we can now drive into the dump without showing our passes perhaps this is another reason for a rise in landfill,Also why print expensive passes and no longer use them if this is official policy stop issuing and save the print cost S Leader
  • Score: 14

10:24am Fri 22 Aug 14

CupraBear says...

Maybe if the Council didn't charge so much for green waste bins, they would have less weeds, plants and wood in landfill. I have also put out textiles for recycling, to find they have been left in the bin after collection.
Maybe if the Council didn't charge so much for green waste bins, they would have less weeds, plants and wood in landfill. I have also put out textiles for recycling, to find they have been left in the bin after collection. CupraBear
  • Score: 12

12:34pm Fri 22 Aug 14

SteveC1964 says...

Most textiles get recycled through doorstep charity collections (there are 1, 2 or 3 a week round our way) textile banks and charity shops. You can even get paid for them The 'only 15% of textiles which could have been recycled actually were' thing sounds wildly inaccurate. I wonder where the report writers got their information? Did they do a reality check? Thought not!
Most textiles get recycled through doorstep charity collections (there are 1, 2 or 3 a week round our way) textile banks and charity shops. You can even get paid for them The 'only 15% of textiles which could have been recycled actually were' thing sounds wildly inaccurate. I wonder where the report writers got their information? Did they do a reality check? Thought not! SteveC1964
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Fri 22 Aug 14

JohnLinB says...

Perhaps if the council collected all the bins that are put out to be recycled the figures might be better. Many times cardboard boxes (full of cardboard) have not been collected as it was not in the white bags, also if you put textiles out, most of the time they are ignored.
Perhaps if the council collected all the bins that are put out to be recycled the figures might be better. Many times cardboard boxes (full of cardboard) have not been collected as it was not in the white bags, also if you put textiles out, most of the time they are ignored. JohnLinB
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Fri 22 Aug 14

concernedofkingston says...

I suspect many people put food waste into black bags because the food bags supplied are too small and can be difficult to tie if you much in them. Neither does it help to say as it does in the guidance that you may leave three food bags for collection each week and thus people will perhaps be tempted to put any excess food waste into the landfill collection.
I suspect many people put food waste into black bags because the food bags supplied are too small and can be difficult to tie if you much in them. Neither does it help to say as it does in the guidance that you may leave three food bags for collection each week and thus people will perhaps be tempted to put any excess food waste into the landfill collection. concernedofkingston
  • Score: 0

9:33am Mon 1 Sep 14

ElDonQuixote says...

S Leader wrote:
I am amazed that we can now drive into the dump without showing our passes perhaps this is another reason for a rise in landfill,Also why print expensive passes and no longer use them if this is official policy stop issuing and save the print cost
I've lived in Camden and Merton over last 20 years - both councils run by various political parties but with weekly rubbish collections - and moved to Kingston couple of months ago provided some interesting lessons: more expensive Council Tax for similar property out of London postcode & one's rubbish collected fortnightly rather than weekly. Rip Off Britain in its' best. Council is contemplating on weekly collections ... how about duty of care and making sure public's health and safety is not at risk due to smelly rubbish bins in front of peoples' homes. There is no excuse for Kingston to provide weekly collections as other London boroughs which face bigger bills and logistic issues than those of our local council.
[quote][p][bold]S Leader[/bold] wrote: I am amazed that we can now drive into the dump without showing our passes perhaps this is another reason for a rise in landfill,Also why print expensive passes and no longer use them if this is official policy stop issuing and save the print cost[/p][/quote]I've lived in Camden and Merton over last 20 years - both councils run by various political parties but with weekly rubbish collections - and moved to Kingston couple of months ago provided some interesting lessons: more expensive Council Tax for similar property out of London postcode & one's rubbish collected fortnightly rather than weekly. Rip Off Britain in its' best. Council is contemplating on weekly collections ... how about duty of care and making sure public's health and safety is not at risk due to smelly rubbish bins in front of peoples' homes. There is no excuse for Kingston to provide weekly collections as other London boroughs which face bigger bills and logistic issues than those of our local council. ElDonQuixote
  • Score: -1

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