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Falling behind

April 22, 2019 9:29 AM
By Peter Scorer

recyle logoAlthough recycling has become more important nationally, Newark and Sherwood has failed to keep up.

Ten years ago, Liberal Democrat District Councillor Peter Harris convinced the Council to introduce silver bins, taking the District to 51st in Local Authority rankings. By 2017 Newark and Sherwood had dropped to 303rd, only managing to recycle 30 per cent. Even in Nottinghamshire it is second lowest.

Although the District Council has re-issued useful advice to improve recycling levels, progress is still limited. With so many different sorts of plastic, what can and cannot be recycled is causing real confusion.

It is time to start dealing with more types of plastic and to aim to eliminate single use plastic. Have Newark and Sherwood got a plan?