Show­ing a lot of bot­tle

COUNTY IS ONE OF THE BEST FOR RE­CY­CLING–

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By MIGUEL RO­DRIGUEZ Data Re­porter

BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE has one of the highest re­cy­cling rates in Eng­land, fig­ures show.

Be­tween April 2017 and March 2018, 139,137 tonnes of rub­bish was re­cy­cled or com­posted in Buck­ing­hamshire, ac­cord­ing to Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs fig­ures.

That is 54% of the lo­cal author­ity’s waste.

The Govern­ment wants half of the coun­try’s house­hold waste to be re­cy­cled by 2020. In 2017-18, Eng­land re­cy­cled 42% of its rub­bish.

Coun­cil­lor Martin Tett, the Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s en­vi­ron­ment spokesman, said: “The best way to boost re­cy­cling rates is to pre­vent un­re­cy­clable waste from en­ter­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in the first place.

“Coun­cils are keen to work with su­per­mar­kets and man­u­fac­tur­ers so that they can switch to re­cy­clable pack­ag­ing where pos­si­ble.”

In­cin­er­a­tion was the sec­ond most com­mon way of dis­pos­ing of rub­bish in Buck­ing­hamshire.

About 109,584 tonnes of waste was sent to in­cin­er­a­tion plants to pro­duce elec­tric­ity, 42% of the to­tal.

Over the last three years, the in­cin­er­a­tion rate in Buck­ing­hamshire has risen from 0% in 2014-15.

A cross party re­port, launched in July in the House of Lords, called on the Govern­ment to take over­sight of the in­dus­try and in­tro­duce an in­cin­er­a­tion tax.

Research re­vealed that in­cin­er­a­tors in Eng­land pol­luted more last year than a quar­ter-of-a-mil­lion lor­ries trav­el­ling 75,000 miles.

Shlomo Dowen, of United King­dom With­out In­cin­er­a­tion Net­work (UKWIN), be­lieves most of the waste be­ing in­cin­er­ated could be re­cy­cled.

He said: “We need to stop burn­ing re­cy­clable ma­te­rial, and this means we need to stop build­ing new in­cin­er­a­tors.

“Sep­a­rate col­lec­tion of food waste should be ac­com­pa­nied by in­creas­ing the range of re­cy­clable ma­te­rial col­lected at the kerb­side, and Govern­ment needs to in­tro­duce an in­cin­er­a­tion tax to en­sure that those send­ing waste for in­cin­er­a­tion pay the cost of the pol­lu­tion they cause.”

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