Rochford recycling success leads national TV debate

Echo: Rochford recycling success leads national TV debate Rochford recycling success leads national TV debate

ROCHFORD District Council’s high recycling rates were celebrated on BBC television this morning.

The local authority has been the best recycler in the country for three of the last four years, with 66.82 per cent of all waste recycled in 2012/13.

Richard Evans, the council’s head of environmental services, took to the famous BBC Breakfast sofa to discuss how to reduce the 100,000 of contaminated recycling that ends up in landfill each year.

He shared how the Rochford District achieve their chart-topping recycling rates.

Mr Evans said: “Basically it is about making the scheme as sharp as we can make it and we work very closely with our contractors.

“It’s about trying to make the scheme simple, people don’t want to think about their bins all the time.”

In 2008 the council’s recycling rate was just 19.4 per cent, meaning a near50 per cent increase in recycled waste in just five years, thanks to the new, simple, three-bin system.

Council portfolio holder for the environment, Ian Ward, said: “Rochford District is leading the way when it comes to recycling, and hopefully this national coverage will mean that others can follow in our footsteps.

“The beauty of our recycling scheme is in its simplicity and I think residents appreciate that. Without them buying into the scheme it simply wouldn’t work – so I’d like to thank our residents for all their recycling efforts.”

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5:31pm Tue 3 Jun 14

John Bull 40 says...

Well done Rochford council, I don't know what party is in power but they
seem to be doing something right.
Well done Rochford council, I don't know what party is in power but they seem to be doing something right. John Bull 40
  • Score: 6

5:39pm Tue 3 Jun 14

the citizen says...

Southend have been running a 4 "bag/bin" system. Recycling (mixed) - Normal - Food - Garden. And they manage to do this EVERY week. Well done Southend. Hope this doesn't change under the new coalition.
Southend have been running a 4 "bag/bin" system. Recycling (mixed) - Normal - Food - Garden. And they manage to do this EVERY week. Well done Southend. Hope this doesn't change under the new coalition. the citizen
  • Score: 5

6:07pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Diddy25 says...

Well done Rochford. They forgot to mention, on TV interview, that all households have been given paper lists of what goes in which bin. I've found this invaluable and also, most of the packaged food wrappers I buy (usually from Sainsburys), are marked for disposal accordingly.
Well done Rochford. They forgot to mention, on TV interview, that all households have been given paper lists of what goes in which bin. I've found this invaluable and also, most of the packaged food wrappers I buy (usually from Sainsburys), are marked for disposal accordingly. Diddy25
  • Score: 3

6:36pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Thames Gateway says...

19.4% to 66.82% of all waste recycled since 2008 is not a near 50% increase, it's a lot more.

Mind you, a lot of that by weight is probably garden waste, some of which would have been composted in peoples gardens and now isn't.

The key thing that is not recyclable seems to be Polystyrene, even there is a local company in Chelmsford that will recycle this commercially, I don't believe either Rochford or Southend have anything set up to stop this going into land-fill.
19.4% to 66.82% of all waste recycled since 2008 is not a near 50% increase, it's a lot more. Mind you, a lot of that by weight is probably garden waste, some of which would have been composted in peoples gardens and now isn't. The key thing that is not recyclable seems to be Polystyrene, even there is a local company in Chelmsford that will recycle this commercially, I don't believe either Rochford or Southend have anything set up to stop this going into land-fill. Thames Gateway
  • Score: 3

8:47pm Tue 3 Jun 14

ddf35 says...

the citizen wrote:
Southend have been running a 4 "bag/bin" system. Recycling (mixed) - Normal - Food - Garden. And they manage to do this EVERY week. Well done Southend. Hope this doesn't change under the new coalition.
their recycling rate however, is much lower at 48%. You also have to pay extra to have your garden waste collected in bags, only taking it to the tip is free.

i live in southend and the service suits me (as a single householder i could cope with food waste every week and everything fornightly) & good list of items you can recycle - but their rate being that much lower will be costing Southend money in landfill costs so it's not really well done to them, or rather its not well done to residents who obviously arent as up for getting involved, amongst other reasons that are more complicated i'm sure (i live in a block of 5 flats and no one else recycles and put out several black bags a week, i put out 1 every fortnight)
[quote][p][bold]the citizen[/bold] wrote: Southend have been running a 4 "bag/bin" system. Recycling (mixed) - Normal - Food - Garden. And they manage to do this EVERY week. Well done Southend. Hope this doesn't change under the new coalition.[/p][/quote]their recycling rate however, is much lower at 48%. You also have to pay extra to have your garden waste collected in bags, only taking it to the tip is free. i live in southend and the service suits me (as a single householder i could cope with food waste every week and everything fornightly) & good list of items you can recycle - but their rate being that much lower will be costing Southend money in landfill costs so it's not really well done to them, or rather its not well done to residents who obviously arent as up for getting involved, amongst other reasons that are more complicated i'm sure (i live in a block of 5 flats and no one else recycles and put out several black bags a week, i put out 1 every fortnight) ddf35
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Just a shame for residents in Rochford and Southend that going to the" local" tip can mean a long trip depending on where you live. A bit of sensible agreement between authorities wouldn't go amiss.
Just a shame for residents in Rochford and Southend that going to the" local" tip can mean a long trip depending on where you live. A bit of sensible agreement between authorities wouldn't go amiss. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 1

10:08pm Tue 3 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

Just stick all your rubbish in a caravan and burn it at the side of the road ..all legal apparently
Just stick all your rubbish in a caravan and burn it at the side of the road ..all legal apparently whateverhappened
  • Score: 2

8:24am Wed 4 Jun 14

Nebs says...

whateverhappened wrote:
Just stick all your rubbish in a caravan and burn it at the side of the road ..all legal apparently
Or just bring all your rubbish to Southend on a nice sunny day and leave it on the beach.
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: Just stick all your rubbish in a caravan and burn it at the side of the road ..all legal apparently[/p][/quote]Or just bring all your rubbish to Southend on a nice sunny day and leave it on the beach. Nebs
  • Score: 1

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