Residents urged to help St Albans District Council drive up recycling rates

Residents urged to help drive up recycling rates

Residents urged to help drive up recycling rates

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Residents are being asked to get behind St Albans District Council’s drive to help boost household recycling rates, save money and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, January 21 council will hear the initial results of rolling out a new recycling scheme across the city. Overall it appears that residents seem to be engaging well and in the last two weeks of December, 2,250 additional recycling boxes were ordered by residents.

The roll-out shows that some people are still unclear about what type of waste goes where and in particular, cardboard.

Residents are being encouraged to remove cardboard from the green waste and put it in their recycling box with their paper.

National standards for compost have tightened recently. The council is therefore asking people to remove cardboard from their green waste because it is contaminating the quality of the compost, making it unusable.

If the composting plant rejects the green waste because it is contaminated with cardboard, it has to be sent to landfill. This is harmful to the environment and every tonne costs £90 in landfill tax. In the year ending September 2013, 3,328 tonnes of green waste were rejected and sent to landfill at a cost to taxpayers of almost £300,000.

To book a free oversized cardboard collection contact 01727 819285 or email wastemanagementservices@stalbans.gov.uk.

Residents are reminded that they can request extra recycling boxes if they need them.

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6:32pm Thu 16 Jan 14

stalbansmum says...

It would help if the council let people in flats recycle cardboard with paper rather than making us drive - that itself defeating the purpose of being environmentally friendly - to a supermarket to recycle cardboard. Cardboard by far makes up the majority of my rubbish and when I didn't have a car I just put it with my main rubbish. I would definitely use cardboard recycling if it was available.
It would help if the council let people in flats recycle cardboard with paper rather than making us drive - that itself defeating the purpose of being environmentally friendly - to a supermarket to recycle cardboard. Cardboard by far makes up the majority of my rubbish and when I didn't have a car I just put it with my main rubbish. I would definitely use cardboard recycling if it was available. stalbansmum
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10:59pm Thu 16 Jan 14

pheebe says...

St Albans council need to get themselves sorted. Imam sick and tired of leaving folded cardboard under my newspaper box (as you are meant to) only for the bin men to leave it. Also how petty can they get when one plastic yoghurt post was accidentally put in with the glass ? They left the lot !!! I will not recycle until they stop being so picky.
St Albans council need to get themselves sorted. Imam sick and tired of leaving folded cardboard under my newspaper box (as you are meant to) only for the bin men to leave it. Also how petty can they get when one plastic yoghurt post was accidentally put in with the glass ? They left the lot !!! I will not recycle until they stop being so picky. pheebe
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