Waste chief wants re­cy­cling growth

Chair­man tar­gets house­holds ‘throw­ing ev­ery­thing into the bin with­out think­ing about it’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - HEALTH -

NEW waste part­ner­ship chair­man Mike Smith is on a mis­sion to im­prove re­cy­cling rates in the county.

Cllr Smith, a Chiltern Dis­trict coun­cil­lor rep­re­sent­ing Holmer Green, and Bucks County Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment, was ap­pointed chair­man of the waste part­ner­ship for Bucks in May.

He said: “We re­ally do need the public’s help to im­prove our re­cy­cling rates and to get the mes­sage across that when in­di­vid­u­als make small changes to their daily rou­tine, they can make a big dif­fer­ence to our en­vi­ron­ment. The prob­lem is many peo­ple are ex­cel­lent while oth­ers are not so both­ered, and the aim is to get ev­ery­one up to the same level.

“Some house­holds throw ev­ery­thing into the bin with­out think­ing about it while oth­ers are more scrupu­lous.”

Cllr Smith iden­ti­fied plas­tic bags and ex­panded poly­styrene as ma­te­ri­als he would like to see as fu­ture re­cy­clables.

“We get loads and loads of pack­ag­ing and that is re­ally tough to deal with. It is a big vol­ume and is a night­mare to get rid of,” he said. “We need to re­duce the resid­ual waste as far as pos­si­ble be­cause it costs so much to get rid of, and ul­ti­mately that cost falls on the tax­payer.”

He urged res­i­dents to re-use as many prod­ucts as pos­si­ble. Last year, the county’s re­cy­cling rate broke through the 50 per cent mark for the first time. The rate cur­rently stands at 54 per cent and Cllr Smith is adamant the tar­get of 60 per cent by the year 2020 is easily achiev­able.

The waste part­ner­ship com­prises the five lo­cal author­i­ties in the county – Ayles­bury Vale, Wy­combe, Chiltern and South Bucks dis­trict coun­cils, which are re­spon­si­ble for waste col­lec­tion, and Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil, which is re­spon­si­ble for waste dis­posal.

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