Here’s a summary of what was reported last night by Michale Starke, the Cabinet member in charge of recycling.
Very high recycling figures: In the first full month of operation,the council had 837 tonnes of dry recyclables, 984 tonnes of compostables and 725 tonnes of non-recyclables that went to landfill. So overall 71 % of the waste received went for recycling. This is a pretty impressive figure when you compare it with August 2007 – when only 20 % was recycled.
Fixed Penalty fines as a last resort: Michael Starke said he saw fining members of the public as a last resort -if it was the only way you stop someone from persistently contaminating the recyclable materials with the wrong stuff. Chris Black pressed him on this – could any fines be issued without his knowledge – his reply was that he would be ‘very disappointed’ if that happened.
Helping those who need assistance : June Lumley, the Lib Dem Chairman of the committee, asked for reassurance that all those who needed help because they were too frail to move their bins, were getting it. Michael Starke’s response was that they sent out forms asking people to contact the council, and all those who had an assisted pull-out under the old system would still have it now.
Tetra-Paks: June also asked about Tetra-Paks . Michael’s response here was that he hoped they could be included in about 6 months.
So is it all really being recycled: Chris Black asked where all the recyclable stuff was taken to. The answer was :
All in all, a very interesting evening, and Cllr Gill Lucas-Gill suggested that this explanation of where all the material goes to shoudl be included in “Rochford News”.