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Carlisle kerbside recycling to be stepped up

Kerbside recycling collections across Carlisle could be extended as efforts are stepped up to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

In future they could include items such as textiles, foil and drinks cartons, while households which don’t recycle could face stricter enforcement.

A review found that although the city has been performing well for several years, there has been a slump in the amount of waste being recycled.

In a report to Carlisle City Council this week, a task group said that to meet the national target – to recycle 50 per cent of all waste by 2020 – this must be reversed.

The group, made up of four councillors, has been looking at how the strengths and weaknesses of the current recycling system across Carlisle.

It used the study to put forward recommendations to the authority’s environment and economy overview and scrutiny committee yesterday.

They include retaining the fortnightly collections of general waste, adding other items to the recycling collections and possibly providing bigger containers for recycling.

Meanwhile, it recommends stricter enforcement on the council’s ‘no side waste’ policy – meaning no extra bags of general rubbish will be allowed.

Stanwix councillor Paul Nedved led the task group, which also included councillors Marilyn Bowman, Willie Whalen and Hugh McDevitt.

Mr Nedved told The Cumberland News that they had looked at both urban and rural areas, speaking to residents about why they do or don’t recycle, and looking at how they can improve the uptake.

They also compared Carlisle to neighbouring authorities and the best and worst performing in the country.

“We have done well in the past but there has been a slight drop-off. We are not at the top of the pack yet. There is still scope for improvement,” he said.

“We have been trying to get to the bottom of why some people aren’t recycling. I think a lot of it is about re-education, to get the message across again, and perhaps where absolutely necessary some enforcement.”

The task group also recommended that little issues which may act as a barrier to recycling are addressed.

They include ensuring that crews carrying out the collections return bags and boxes to where they found them, that the council improves its website to make it easier to find information about recycling, and ensures queries, complaints and requests for replacement containers are dealt with quickly and effectively.

Mr Nedved said he wanted to personally thank all of Carlisle’s waste and recycling crews for their hard work.

The report was formally received at the meeting. It will now help to shape future developments in the service.

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Craig - It's the same old story from people who live in rural areas.. but you decided to live there. End of...

Posted by pp on 17 April 2014 at 09:37

How about you re-educate your collectors?

If they drop something on the ground maybe they can pick it up and put it where it was meant to go in the first place?

Not a collection goes by where I don't see tin lids and bits of cardboard that have been dropped and just left.

Posted by Brian on 16 April 2014 at 02:56

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