Colchester's recycling rate is up but there is still a long way to go

Recycling rate is up but there is still a long way to go

Recycling rate is up but there is still a long way to go

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COLCHESTER is recycling more than ever, according to new figures.

In the last year, the amount of waste which is recycled or reused has jumped by 1.8 per cent, to 41.9 per cent.

The borough is the only north Essex authority to see an increase, but it is still second last, in front of Tendring, in the Essex-wide recycling table.

Bosses have put the increase down to a 60 to 70 per cent uptake in food waste recycling, which was rolled out across the borough last year, but they argue there is still more to come.

Matthew Young, head of waste services at Colchester Council, said: “We are certainly getting what we predicted, but we would like to see 100 per cent in terms of the food waste.

“We would be looking forward to next year’s results because it will be one full year of food waste.”

Mr Young also said the recycling target for the borough is still 50 per cent, but he recognised how difficult it will be to meet because the public is using less packaging and less paper, so councils are finding it hard to wrack up tonnage.

He added: “Our target for next year is 48 per cent but unfortunately there is no doubt that people are still putting cans and bottles in black sacks instead of recycling them, which holds us back.

“There is between 20 and 25 per cent who do not seem to be recycling much at all.”

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5:32pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Mr Honest says...

If your bone idol binmen bothered to put back my recycling box and gardening bag where I left them rather than throw them where they liked so they can get home a few minutes earlier id recycle again!
If your bone idol binmen bothered to put back my recycling box and gardening bag where I left them rather than throw them where they liked so they can get home a few minutes earlier id recycle again! Mr Honest
  • Score: 9

7:27pm Thu 17 Jul 14

ImpossibleMission says...

Any chance of recycling bosses at Rowan House and moving them on?
Any chance of recycling bosses at Rowan House and moving them on? ImpossibleMission
  • Score: 6

10:20pm Thu 17 Jul 14

hughie-s says...

Raise the limit for garden waste bags then, if you can collect 8 in the winter why not in the summer months?
Raise the limit for garden waste bags then, if you can collect 8 in the winter why not in the summer months? hughie-s
  • Score: 1

1:32am Fri 18 Jul 14

Boris says...

Mr Honest wrote:
If your bone idol binmen bothered to put back my recycling box and gardening bag where I left them rather than throw them where they liked so they can get home a few minutes earlier id recycle again!
If you learned to spell your complaint properly, you might gain more respect.
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Our binmen do a great job, always put our receptacles back where they found them.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: If your bone idol binmen bothered to put back my recycling box and gardening bag where I left them rather than throw them where they liked so they can get home a few minutes earlier id recycle again![/p][/quote]If you learned to spell your complaint properly, you might gain more respect. . Our binmen do a great job, always put our receptacles back where they found them. Boris
  • Score: -4

10:29am Fri 18 Jul 14

Davidmills says...

We recycle everything we can, and each week our none recycle rubbish only fills a quarter of a black sack, I think it is about time that either people are fined if they do not recycle or we get charged for each black sack is placed out for rubbish.
We recycle everything we can, and each week our none recycle rubbish only fills a quarter of a black sack, I think it is about time that either people are fined if they do not recycle or we get charged for each black sack is placed out for rubbish. Davidmills
  • Score: 4

11:01am Fri 18 Jul 14

sam vines says...

I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.
I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste. sam vines
  • Score: 4

11:49am Fri 18 Jul 14

romantic says...

Davidmills wrote:
We recycle everything we can, and each week our none recycle rubbish only fills a quarter of a black sack, I think it is about time that either people are fined if they do not recycle or we get charged for each black sack is placed out for rubbish.
We do the same and have less than a black bag each week for a household of 5. The problem with charging people per black bag is that some people would end up either fly-tipping or putting their rubbish halfway down the street.

My own inclination would be towards the "carrot" approach rather than the "stick": pay people an amount per bag of recycling. Bearing in mind that each kg of waste not going to landfill reduces those costs, this would provide an active encouragement to recycle.

In many parts of the world, there are deposit schemes on bottles, and I have recently seen stories about "reverse vending machines" which will process bottles, cans etc on the street. Give people an incentive to recycle and I think many more would do so.
[quote][p][bold]Davidmills[/bold] wrote: We recycle everything we can, and each week our none recycle rubbish only fills a quarter of a black sack, I think it is about time that either people are fined if they do not recycle or we get charged for each black sack is placed out for rubbish.[/p][/quote]We do the same and have less than a black bag each week for a household of 5. The problem with charging people per black bag is that some people would end up either fly-tipping or putting their rubbish halfway down the street. My own inclination would be towards the "carrot" approach rather than the "stick": pay people an amount per bag of recycling. Bearing in mind that each kg of waste not going to landfill reduces those costs, this would provide an active encouragement to recycle. In many parts of the world, there are deposit schemes on bottles, and I have recently seen stories about "reverse vending machines" which will process bottles, cans etc on the street. Give people an incentive to recycle and I think many more would do so. romantic
  • Score: 8

11:54am Fri 18 Jul 14

romantic says...

sam vines wrote:
I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.
Round where I live, the only bags ripped apart by foxes are the ones which contain food. The people who put food waste into the food waste bins don't have this problem.

I agree that, ideally, recycling stuff would be picked up each week, but it's not really so hard to have one bag for plastic, one for paper and a sturdy box for cans and bottles. In much of Europe, recycling stuff is second nature, and I don't really get why so many people in this country think it's anything but a good thing to do.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.[/p][/quote]Round where I live, the only bags ripped apart by foxes are the ones which contain food. The people who put food waste into the food waste bins don't have this problem. I agree that, ideally, recycling stuff would be picked up each week, but it's not really so hard to have one bag for plastic, one for paper and a sturdy box for cans and bottles. In much of Europe, recycling stuff is second nature, and I don't really get why so many people in this country think it's anything but a good thing to do. romantic
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Fri 18 Jul 14

sam vines says...

romantic wrote:
sam vines wrote:
I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.
Round where I live, the only bags ripped apart by foxes are the ones which contain food. The people who put food waste into the food waste bins don't have this problem.

I agree that, ideally, recycling stuff would be picked up each week, but it's not really so hard to have one bag for plastic, one for paper and a sturdy box for cans and bottles. In much of Europe, recycling stuff is second nature, and I don't really get why so many people in this country think it's anything but a good thing to do.
Europe works because they have central drop off points in the street and have separate bins for each item and its all collected weekly. Colchester's anti wheely bin brigade feel litter strewn streets is the better option. The amount of plastic the town has recycled should have covered the cost require to provide each house with bins instead of poor quality plastic bags. I find it hypercritical that the council wants us to recycle more when their are no separate bins for the drink can/ take away coffee swigging public in the town centre, if their was we would probably hit our recycling target being a tourist town.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.[/p][/quote]Round where I live, the only bags ripped apart by foxes are the ones which contain food. The people who put food waste into the food waste bins don't have this problem. I agree that, ideally, recycling stuff would be picked up each week, but it's not really so hard to have one bag for plastic, one for paper and a sturdy box for cans and bottles. In much of Europe, recycling stuff is second nature, and I don't really get why so many people in this country think it's anything but a good thing to do.[/p][/quote]Europe works because they have central drop off points in the street and have separate bins for each item and its all collected weekly. Colchester's anti wheely bin brigade feel litter strewn streets is the better option. The amount of plastic the town has recycled should have covered the cost require to provide each house with bins instead of poor quality plastic bags. I find it hypercritical that the council wants us to recycle more when their are no separate bins for the drink can/ take away coffee swigging public in the town centre, if their was we would probably hit our recycling target being a tourist town. sam vines
  • Score: 4

1:35pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Catchedicam says...

sam vines wrote:
romantic wrote:
sam vines wrote:
I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.
Round where I live, the only bags ripped apart by foxes are the ones which contain food. The people who put food waste into the food waste bins don't have this problem.

I agree that, ideally, recycling stuff would be picked up each week, but it's not really so hard to have one bag for plastic, one for paper and a sturdy box for cans and bottles. In much of Europe, recycling stuff is second nature, and I don't really get why so many people in this country think it's anything but a good thing to do.
Europe works because they have central drop off points in the street and have separate bins for each item and its all collected weekly. Colchester's anti wheely bin brigade feel litter strewn streets is the better option. The amount of plastic the town has recycled should have covered the cost require to provide each house with bins instead of poor quality plastic bags. I find it hypercritical that the council wants us to recycle more when their are no separate bins for the drink can/ take away coffee swigging public in the town centre, if their was we would probably hit our recycling target being a tourist town.
Where on earth would anyone put all these wheely bins? I am in Highwoods and have 4 bins, which I have provided, for glass/cans card/paper/ plastic and the black waste bag, this covers a sizeable chunk of my garden, I would not want wheely bins which are even bigger.

Those that live in terraced houses probably have even less space to store these monstrosities which have to be stored at the front of the house. Add to this the cost of changing all the refuse vehicles to lift the wheely bins and we would all be moaning about increases to the council tax. After this we have the issue of where would we sort all this for recycling? Are you volunteering for this centre to be close to you? Also again who pays for it? If the decision was made tomorrow to make the change how long would it tale to build the plant and get it operational? Life is not so simple as just change the bins.

As for litter around we need better enforcement against those idiots that put their black bags out the night, or even a couple of days before collection. A few fines would perhaps deter this selfish behaviour and encourage them to follow the rules and put them out on the morning of collection.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.[/p][/quote]Round where I live, the only bags ripped apart by foxes are the ones which contain food. The people who put food waste into the food waste bins don't have this problem. I agree that, ideally, recycling stuff would be picked up each week, but it's not really so hard to have one bag for plastic, one for paper and a sturdy box for cans and bottles. In much of Europe, recycling stuff is second nature, and I don't really get why so many people in this country think it's anything but a good thing to do.[/p][/quote]Europe works because they have central drop off points in the street and have separate bins for each item and its all collected weekly. Colchester's anti wheely bin brigade feel litter strewn streets is the better option. The amount of plastic the town has recycled should have covered the cost require to provide each house with bins instead of poor quality plastic bags. I find it hypercritical that the council wants us to recycle more when their are no separate bins for the drink can/ take away coffee swigging public in the town centre, if their was we would probably hit our recycling target being a tourist town.[/p][/quote]Where on earth would anyone put all these wheely bins? I am in Highwoods and have 4 bins, which I have provided, for glass/cans card/paper/ plastic and the black waste bag, this covers a sizeable chunk of my garden, I would not want wheely bins which are even bigger. Those that live in terraced houses probably have even less space to store these monstrosities which have to be stored at the front of the house. Add to this the cost of changing all the refuse vehicles to lift the wheely bins and we would all be moaning about increases to the council tax. After this we have the issue of where would we sort all this for recycling? Are you volunteering for this centre to be close to you? Also again who pays for it? If the decision was made tomorrow to make the change how long would it tale to build the plant and get it operational? Life is not so simple as just change the bins. As for litter around we need better enforcement against those idiots that put their black bags out the night, or even a couple of days before collection. A few fines would perhaps deter this selfish behaviour and encourage them to follow the rules and put them out on the morning of collection. Catchedicam
  • Score: -5

1:52pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

sam vines wrote:
I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.
Surely if you recycle food waste there should be nothing for your foxes and cats to rip up the sack for?
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.[/p][/quote]Surely if you recycle food waste there should be nothing for your foxes and cats to rip up the sack for? Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: -2

4:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
sam vines wrote:
I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.
Surely if you recycle food waste there should be nothing for your foxes and cats to rip up the sack for?
Martin perhaps you should spend a day out with your recycling teams and see for yourself what attracts the vermin nappies looked the favorite this week, and look at all the litter strewn about circular road west and explain why its never picked up or why weeds knee high growing out of the kerbside are acceptable.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: I'll start recycling when they provide proper bins as our sprawling fox and cat population find the current bag sytem a tad easy to drag out and rip apart Do a weekly collections of all recycling waste with no need for us to sort out paper and plastic. Till then I will only recycle what's being collected that week the rest of it will go as regular waste.[/p][/quote]Surely if you recycle food waste there should be nothing for your foxes and cats to rip up the sack for?[/p][/quote]Martin perhaps you should spend a day out with your recycling teams and see for yourself what attracts the vermin nappies looked the favorite this week, and look at all the litter strewn about circular road west and explain why its never picked up or why weeds knee high growing out of the kerbside are acceptable. sam vines
  • Score: 5

12:14am Sat 19 Jul 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

If the binmen split a bag they will pick it up. if it's already split they may not. They are binmen not road sweepers. I am struggling to understand why foxes and cats want babies **** nappies.
If the binmen split a bag they will pick it up. if it's already split they may not. They are binmen not road sweepers. I am struggling to understand why foxes and cats want babies **** nappies. Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: -4

3:17pm Sun 20 Jul 14

talllboy says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
If the binmen split a bag they will pick it up. if it's already split they may not. They are binmen not road sweepers. I am struggling to understand why foxes and cats want babies **** nappies.
Only way to get folk more interested in recycling is to limit the number of black bags they can put out.

We used to suffer from cats and foxes ripping bags - even when double wrapped. This is all now stopped since we started using the food waste collection. boxes - until the foxes learn how to open them I guess.

Shame the council didn't introduce similar locking bins for those with children in nappies. Expecting them to shift to cloth nappies was very optimistic. We tried them and gave up after 6 months as the fit was never that good and rashes were all too common.

And yes, foxes can still smell the remains of digested meat even in nappies.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: If the binmen split a bag they will pick it up. if it's already split they may not. They are binmen not road sweepers. I am struggling to understand why foxes and cats want babies **** nappies.[/p][/quote]Only way to get folk more interested in recycling is to limit the number of black bags they can put out. We used to suffer from cats and foxes ripping bags - even when double wrapped. This is all now stopped since we started using the food waste collection. boxes - until the foxes learn how to open them I guess. Shame the council didn't introduce similar locking bins for those with children in nappies. Expecting them to shift to cloth nappies was very optimistic. We tried them and gave up after 6 months as the fit was never that good and rashes were all too common. And yes, foxes can still smell the remains of digested meat even in nappies. talllboy
  • Score: 10

7:18pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Catchedicam says...

talllboy wrote:
Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
If the binmen split a bag they will pick it up. if it's already split they may not. They are binmen not road sweepers. I am struggling to understand why foxes and cats want babies **** nappies.
Only way to get folk more interested in recycling is to limit the number of black bags they can put out.

We used to suffer from cats and foxes ripping bags - even when double wrapped. This is all now stopped since we started using the food waste collection. boxes - until the foxes learn how to open them I guess.

Shame the council didn't introduce similar locking bins for those with children in nappies. Expecting them to shift to cloth nappies was very optimistic. We tried them and gave up after 6 months as the fit was never that good and rashes were all too common.

And yes, foxes can still smell the remains of digested meat even in nappies.
rashes are less common in reusable nappies than than in disposables, you just have to use them properly.. lots of health benefits from reusables for the baby.. would you really want to out a chemical linked to Toxic shock syndrome on your babies bottom? Only lazy or bad parents use disposables!
[quote][p][bold]talllboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: If the binmen split a bag they will pick it up. if it's already split they may not. They are binmen not road sweepers. I am struggling to understand why foxes and cats want babies **** nappies.[/p][/quote]Only way to get folk more interested in recycling is to limit the number of black bags they can put out. We used to suffer from cats and foxes ripping bags - even when double wrapped. This is all now stopped since we started using the food waste collection. boxes - until the foxes learn how to open them I guess. Shame the council didn't introduce similar locking bins for those with children in nappies. Expecting them to shift to cloth nappies was very optimistic. We tried them and gave up after 6 months as the fit was never that good and rashes were all too common. And yes, foxes can still smell the remains of digested meat even in nappies.[/p][/quote]rashes are less common in reusable nappies than than in disposables, you just have to use them properly.. lots of health benefits from reusables for the baby.. would you really want to out a chemical linked to Toxic shock syndrome on your babies bottom? Only lazy or bad parents use disposables! Catchedicam
  • Score: -5

8:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

zerowasteisthewaytogo says...

Using the food waste bin stops the black bags being torn open because of food waste. I agree that foxes like nappies as well and can carry them across gardens.

We have used an ordinary sized dustbin for years. We keep this next to the front boundary and it is lined with a black bin bag and tied loosely. We then tie the top tightly and leave the lid off the night before or first thing in the morning on collection day. It is lifting bags out of wheelie bins that is the Health & Safety problem - not ordinary sized dustbins. Cost of this bin which is tied back to the wall with lid tied to bin was less than £20. The only thing is we can now recycle so much that we don't fill a black bin bag for several weeks (4 of us and no nappies) so don't really need it any more!

Separating at source makes it far easier as you only separate once.
Using the food waste bin stops the black bags being torn open because of food waste. I agree that foxes like nappies as well and can carry them across gardens. We have used an ordinary sized dustbin for years. We keep this next to the front boundary and it is lined with a black bin bag and tied loosely. We then tie the top tightly and leave the lid off the night before or first thing in the morning on collection day. It is lifting bags out of wheelie bins that is the Health & Safety problem - not ordinary sized dustbins. Cost of this bin which is tied back to the wall with lid tied to bin was less than £20. The only thing is we can now recycle so much that we don't fill a black bin bag for several weeks (4 of us and no nappies) so don't really need it any more! Separating at source makes it far easier as you only separate once. zerowasteisthewaytogo
  • Score: 0

8:14pm Tue 22 Jul 14

zerowasteisthewaytogo says...

In this hot weather and coming up to the holidays it might be a good idea for those who do not usually use the compostable (seedling logo) lining bags to use them or to be more careful in wrapping your food waste.

Also be more careful in not allowing flies to sit on food waste after eating as well as keeping your food waste bin securely locked and out of the sun.

I've never had a problem with the bin men emptying my food waste bin but I have seen some horrid ones. I also wash my bin out with some strong smelling disinfectant so that there is never any food smell. I think a bit of mutual respect might help in getting our containers returned safely to the right house. (Smelliness is definitely a problem with nose high wheelie bins!)
In this hot weather and coming up to the holidays it might be a good idea for those who do not usually use the compostable (seedling logo) lining bags to use them or to be more careful in wrapping your food waste. Also be more careful in not allowing flies to sit on food waste after eating as well as keeping your food waste bin securely locked and out of the sun. I've never had a problem with the bin men emptying my food waste bin but I have seen some horrid ones. I also wash my bin out with some strong smelling disinfectant so that there is never any food smell. I think a bit of mutual respect might help in getting our containers returned safely to the right house. (Smelliness is definitely a problem with nose high wheelie bins!) zerowasteisthewaytogo
  • Score: 0

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