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Rubbish at Recycling

June 7, 2018 1:58 PM
By Peter Scorer

Waste recycling by Newark and Sherwood District Council is shocking. Ranked 303 out of 350 Local Authorities, its 31.9% recycling rate is half that of the top Councils in England. Even in Nottinghamshire it is the second lowest.

Outsourced Recycling

Notts. County Council, our waste disposal Authority, has outsourced recycling to Veolia in a 26 year PFI contract.
The contract bans tetra-paks, meat, fruit and ready meal trays, foil items, shredded paper and lots of types of plastic from recycling.
Because there are so many different sorts of plastic, what can or cannot be recycled causes real confusion amongst the public.

PFI Contract Restrictions

The Veolia PFI Contract stipulates a low 5% contamination level on recycled items. In reality it had averaged 12%, even hitting 20% at times. This incurs additional recovery and disposal costs, largely because people are still unclear about the rules.
Nottinghamshire Councils have already admitted they will not achieve the 50% national recycling targets for 2020.
The Veolia contract will be reviewed next year. Will our Council take this opportunity to get recycling back on track?

plastic bag waste

Nearby South Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire has just introduced a food waste collection service. Instead of being sent to landfill, the food waste is processed in an anaerobic digester to release methane to generate green electricity. The remaining waste is then turned into garden compost.