Green campaigners have today launched a petition which calls on Gedling Borough Council to ‘take recycling seriously’.
The campaigners say they want Gedling Borough Council to ‘take recycling seriously, bring back the ‘bring’ recycling sites and to devise and implement a comprehensive, meaningful recycling policy with measurable targets and to publish an annual recycling progress report.’
The petition has been launched by local conservationist, Mark Glover who says the council should be doing more to boost recycling in the area.
He said: “When it comes to recycling, Gedling Borough Council rates a poor 260th out of 350 English local authorities.
“Gedling recycles only 36.7% of its domestic waste compared to the national average of 45.2%.
“Gedling’s announcement that it intends to be a ‘Plastic Clever Council’ is welcome bu, on its own, is not enough and has to be seen in the context of its recent closure of six local ‘bring’ recycling sites and the earlier cancellation of its commercial recycling collection service.”
These figures have been hotly disputed today by Gedling Borough Council.
A spokesman for Gedling Borough Council said: “This is factually incorrect and misleading. Gedling recycles 39% not 36% of its waste and while this is below the national average, it is not the result of a lack of commitment but primarily because of the waste disposal arrangements, which are not under Gedling’s control. In other parts of the county, for example, just down the road in Nottingham City, residents can put all their dry recyclables in one container. That is not the case in Gedling, not because the council doesn’t want to but because of the waste disposal arrangements that Gedling has to comply with.
They added: “With regard to the local “bring sites”, they had become a magnet for fly tipping and for businesses to dispose of their commercial waste. They were repeatedly vandalised and given that they only contributed 1% towards our recycling rate, it was appropriate to remove them.
“Contrary to the suggestion in the enquiry, we are committed to increasing the recycling of household and trade waste and are keen to work with residents and businesses to do this.”
Earlier this week at the council’s cabinet meeting, Cllr Michael Payne called for a report on recycling rates in the borough. The report is expected to be presented at the next cabinet meeting.
The council also offer free monthly kerbside collection for glass and fortnightly collections for recycling and also offer additional recycling to residents who request them. The council also offer a free bulky waste collection each year.
The recycling petition is available to sign online at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/get-serious-about-recycling
For more information about the petition, contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org