Brent Council is giving out free kitchen caddy liners to help people recycle more food waste. The free roll of will come with an information leaflet about Brent’s recycling service and a collection calendar for 2012-2013.
The caddy liners are made from special corn starch material and they’re being delivered to all households this month.
Brent residents recycled or composted 42% of the waste collected in November. The target for Brent Council for the first full year is 40%.
The data for the first 2 months of the new service is set out below. We are seeing a healthy drop in landfill tonnage and good performance from the new blue bin system. The combined recycling rate for October and November is 43% compared to 32% last year. This means that less taxpayer money is being used to dump rubbish than if the old waste collection system was still in place.
Oct/Nov 2010 / tonnes
Oct/Nov 2011 / tonnes
The estates roll-out is well underway and due to be completed by the end of January. Most blocks of flats are now done.
The majority of residents have adjusted their patterns to conform efficiently to the waste collection system. However, it is true that some residents have not adjusted to the new system and there are properties with overflowing bins in the ward. Education blitzes have now started in problem streets.
I have been reporting problem households personally and the Recycling team have been speaking directly to many residents and the response has been helpful.
The new recycling scheme introduced by Brent Council’s Labour administration is exceeding all expectations, with a whopping 50% increase in recycling within the first days of the new waste collection system.
Brent Labour ambitiously promised to bring in plans to more than double the borough’s recycling rate from 28% to 60% in their manifesto leading to the overwhelming Labour victory at the May 2010 Council elections.
Early figures show that blue bin recycling is up from 41 tonnes per day in October last year, to 61 tonnes this year. The figures are bound to improve even further when flats join the new scheme later this year. Hopefully as initial glitches are also ironed out and more people get used to the new system, this will have an even more positive impact on recycling rates in Brent.
Brent Labour has prioritised recycling for environmental reasons, and to save money and protect other council services. Sending recyclable materials to landfill causes huge environmental damage, contaminating land and contributing to greenhouse emissions.
As well as the environmental damage, Tory Liberal landfill taxes mean the Council will save millions of pounds by increasing recycling.
Cllr James Powney, Lead Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods, said:
“I’d like to thank residents for so enthusiastically embracing the new recycling scheme, and making it such a success so early on.
Labour is the only party in Brent committed to increasing recycling, and I’m very proud that we’ve gone ahead with this improved system which will make us one of the greenest borough’s in the country.”
However Eric Pickles will be delighted that under Brent’s Waste Strategy, he can enjoy his chicken tikka masala on a Friday night, put any leftover waste in his food waste bin and have it collected weekly. His food waste under Brent’s system will be recycled as organic waste weekly. If he wishes to put it in his grey bin which is for non-recyclable material however, it will be collected fortnightly.
But it makes no sense for him to do that as he has the option to put it in his green bin and have it collected weekly.