Our Liberal Democrat commitment to put the environment at the heart of everything we do is still as relevant today as it was four years ago when a new waste collection scheme was pioneered in Kingston. Being the envy of other London boroughs, the scheme was one of the first to collect recycling from flats.
On the introduction of more plastic and metal items to the scheme, an enthusiastic Councillor Sharon Hartley, Lead Member for Sustainability explained:
“Sending rubbish to landfill sites just makes no sense, so we have found yet more ways to recycle for our residents.
As well as plastic bottles being collected, I am delighted that residents can now add the following items to their green recycling box:
• ready meal trays
• yoghurt pots
• fruit punnets
• meat trays
• margarine tubs
• laundry tablet containers
The good news is that along with cans and tins, residents can now add: foil (including foil food trays); aerosol cans; metal packaging, jar lids as well as sweet and biscuit tins. Great news for residents, even better news for the environment. “
We all want to help save the planet and thanks to the continuing efforts of local people, rubbish sent to land-fill continues to be reduced along with a saving in land-fill tax of £1.6 million. By re-using resources recycling rates are nearing 50%.