BAN Waste Select Committee evidence

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Phase 1 Day 5 2001-10-11 Tyne Bridge Friends of the Earth (not attending in person, but have submitted evidence)

written evidence submitted in advance

Introduction.

Recycling In Action was a report published in 2001. It looked at 15 case studies of best practice recycling projects around the UK, to try and demonstrate the possibilities for recycling in this country.

Of the 15 studies, 14 were a mixture of composting and recycling schemes, whilst one case study was solely concerned with the recycling of White Goods (e.g. Fridges, Washing Machines, Freezers). The schemes were a variety of inhouse Council run schemes, as well as those run by private contractors and community Groups.

Methods.

The schemes were each very individual including mixtures of some of the following schemes:

Kerbside Collection of dry recyclables (ie paper, card, tins; glass, plastics; aluminium foil); as well as some schemes collecting compostibles

Bring schemes for Dry recyclables plus textiles; car batteries, oil; builders rubble; Yellow Pages; Computers

Green Waste composting of garden wastes; sometimes including Christmas tree composting, usually done centrally

Home Composting to allow people to recycl household waste not from the garden e.g. kitchen scraps

Community Schemes
A number of these are run and include

Costs.

Not all the schemes provided full financial details. From those that provided any financial information, a number of things were clear

Results

Not all the schemes had full figures, so these figures are averages of those provided.

Average Participation rate of 82% of those able to participate

Average Recycling rates of 29% (though the highest rate were nearly double this at 57%)

Conclusions

Tyne Bridge Friends of the Earth believe that the following points come out from this report, and need to be borne in mind when examining Waste issues