Local campaigns work best to boost recycling

Localised campaigns are more effective in boosting recycling, a new report from city councillors has found

Localised campaigns are more effective in boosting recycling, a new report from city councillors has found

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SMALL changes and street -specific recycling campaigns targeted at small areas could help the city council save as much as £100,000 by cutting landfill costs, a council report claims.

A taskgroup of councillors have recently finished a review of domestic rubbish recycling in the city and are due to finalise their report at a meeting next week.

After trial projects across the city, the report shows each household in the area recycled an average of 6.9 percent more, which if replicated across the city could cut the amount of waste going into landfill significantly, save £100,000 in disposal costs, and send another 1,000 tonnes of rubbish recycling plants.

The report shows that local campaigns targeted at specific streets are more effective in encouraging people to recycle that city-wide messages, and recommends that as the best approach for future projects.

The papers also show that while plenty of voluntary and community groups are involved in recycling and green initiatives - like Clifton's St Joseph's Church where there is an "eco congregation" project - but the council staff have at times lacked the resources to make the most of their enthusiasm.

Over the two year long scrutiny project, two area of York and their respective recycling rates were monitored.

While education projects and marketing campaigns were aimed at 629 houses around Kingsway North, a control group was set up around 604 homes around Monkton Road.

Recycling rates were monitored at the start of the project, and through the work, to find out how effective the council's projects are at boosting recycling rates, and keeping levels up after education drives have ended.

After the projects - which involved a campaign to get people registering for the mail preference service to cut down the amount of junk mail, and inter-street competitions to increase kerbside recycling - people in the Kingsway North test area recycled a total of 6.18 percent more, while those in the control area were hit by changes to collection times and recycled 6.08 percent less.

Follow up monitoring, due to take place over the next few months, will show if the results can be maintained in the long term.

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3:27pm Sat 16 Aug 14

bolero says...

Is someone having a laugh or what? I do what I am requested to do in respect of sorting the various recyclable items into the respective containers only to find that the collector empties the plastic containers and tins into my container marked `Glass Only` and puts them all into the same hopper on the refuse vehicle. The same happens with paper and cardboard. I now doubt whether these items are recycled at all but are just taken to landfill. I intend to follow the refuse wagon one day to see where it ends up.
Is someone having a laugh or what? I do what I am requested to do in respect of sorting the various recyclable items into the respective containers only to find that the collector empties the plastic containers and tins into my container marked `Glass Only` and puts them all into the same hopper on the refuse vehicle. The same happens with paper and cardboard. I now doubt whether these items are recycled at all but are just taken to landfill. I intend to follow the refuse wagon one day to see where it ends up. bolero
  • Score: 18

4:05pm Sat 16 Aug 14

piaggio1 says...

So how come . In france/ holland/ germany/ and most of southern europe. These landfill
So called charge.s dont seem to apply?????
Is it only GB .what has fallen for this scam..
So how come . In france/ holland/ germany/ and most of southern europe. These landfill So called charge.s dont seem to apply????? Is it only GB .what has fallen for this scam.. piaggio1
  • Score: 7

5:30pm Sat 16 Aug 14

deckhanddave says...

Can I take this opportunity to point something out to our erstwhile council. You now charge about £5.00 for a replacement kerbside box unless your bin men are proven to have damaged it. Yet on windy days I see countless boxes just strewn around for the wind to blow away along with the lids. Now I ask, if a box gets blown into the road and then damaged and I refuse to pay £5.00 to replace it, how much do you think the resultant landfill increase will cost the council over a year? Just curious. Actually, what does the council pay for these bins?
Can I take this opportunity to point something out to our erstwhile council. You now charge about £5.00 for a replacement kerbside box unless your bin men are proven to have damaged it. Yet on windy days I see countless boxes just strewn around for the wind to blow away along with the lids. Now I ask, if a box gets blown into the road and then damaged and I refuse to pay £5.00 to replace it, how much do you think the resultant landfill increase will cost the council over a year? Just curious. Actually, what does the council pay for these bins? deckhanddave
  • Score: 10

9:30pm Sat 16 Aug 14

AnotherPointofView says...

If the council wants to reduce landfill? How about keeping the green wheely bin collections going for longer in the year? Last winter grass/plants/weeds were growing in the garden long after green wheely bins stopped.
If the council wants to reduce landfill? How about keeping the green wheely bin collections going for longer in the year? Last winter grass/plants/weeds were growing in the garden long after green wheely bins stopped. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 14

12:20pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Whistlejacket says...

bolero wrote:
Is someone having a laugh or what? I do what I am requested to do in respect of sorting the various recyclable items into the respective containers only to find that the collector empties the plastic containers and tins into my container marked `Glass Only` and puts them all into the same hopper on the refuse vehicle. The same happens with paper and cardboard. I now doubt whether these items are recycled at all but are just taken to landfill. I intend to follow the refuse wagon one day to see where it ends up.
I encountered exactly the same thing where a normal bin lorry was being used to collect all the segragated recycling in my street.
I queried this with Cllr Levene, the Cabinet Member for Environmental Services. He assured me that it was a one-off, as there was a problem with the recycling collection vehicle. I have since seen it happen on another occasion. That's just on the days I happened to be in when the bin-men came round.
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Is someone having a laugh or what? I do what I am requested to do in respect of sorting the various recyclable items into the respective containers only to find that the collector empties the plastic containers and tins into my container marked `Glass Only` and puts them all into the same hopper on the refuse vehicle. The same happens with paper and cardboard. I now doubt whether these items are recycled at all but are just taken to landfill. I intend to follow the refuse wagon one day to see where it ends up.[/p][/quote]I encountered exactly the same thing where a normal bin lorry was being used to collect all the segragated recycling in my street. I queried this with Cllr Levene, the Cabinet Member for Environmental Services. He assured me that it was a one-off, as there was a problem with the recycling collection vehicle. I have since seen it happen on another occasion. That's just on the days I happened to be in when the bin-men came round. Whistlejacket
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Sun 17 Aug 14

MaggieRules says...

deckhanddave wrote:
Can I take this opportunity to point something out to our erstwhile council. You now charge about £5.00 for a replacement kerbside box unless your bin men are proven to have damaged it. Yet on windy days I see countless boxes just strewn around for the wind to blow away along with the lids. Now I ask, if a box gets blown into the road and then damaged and I refuse to pay £5.00 to replace it, how much do you think the resultant landfill increase will cost the council over a year? Just curious. Actually, what does the council pay for these bins?
Put if this way - I have to pay £5 to replace their kerb side box, then the new box becomes my property not the council's as I have bought it.

The next time THEY damage MY kerbside box in their hands then THEY should be expected to replace it and bear any costs I incur.

Or failing that - forget all this recycling / global warming scam and lob which ever bin is due to collected that week. Then let the council worry about what they want to do with it.
[quote][p][bold]deckhanddave[/bold] wrote: Can I take this opportunity to point something out to our erstwhile council. You now charge about £5.00 for a replacement kerbside box unless your bin men are proven to have damaged it. Yet on windy days I see countless boxes just strewn around for the wind to blow away along with the lids. Now I ask, if a box gets blown into the road and then damaged and I refuse to pay £5.00 to replace it, how much do you think the resultant landfill increase will cost the council over a year? Just curious. Actually, what does the council pay for these bins?[/p][/quote]Put if this way - I have to pay £5 to replace their kerb side box, then the new box becomes my property not the council's as I have bought it. The next time THEY damage MY kerbside box in their hands then THEY should be expected to replace it and bear any costs I incur. Or failing that - forget all this recycling / global warming scam and lob which ever bin is due to collected that week. Then let the council worry about what they want to do with it. MaggieRules
  • Score: 4

8:29pm Sun 17 Aug 14

deckhanddave says...

MaggieRules wrote:
deckhanddave wrote:
Can I take this opportunity to point something out to our erstwhile council. You now charge about £5.00 for a replacement kerbside box unless your bin men are proven to have damaged it. Yet on windy days I see countless boxes just strewn around for the wind to blow away along with the lids. Now I ask, if a box gets blown into the road and then damaged and I refuse to pay £5.00 to replace it, how much do you think the resultant landfill increase will cost the council over a year? Just curious. Actually, what does the council pay for these bins?
Put if this way - I have to pay £5 to replace their kerb side box, then the new box becomes my property not the council's as I have bought it.

The next time THEY damage MY kerbside box in their hands then THEY should be expected to replace it and bear any costs I incur.

Or failing that - forget all this recycling / global warming scam and lob which ever bin is due to collected that week. Then let the council worry about what they want to do with it.
Don't forget, they won't pay to replace it unless they see their bin men damage it on the CCTV fitted to the back of the bin lorries. The fact that they go round the side and just dump them means nothing. No evidence means no payout. Also what about someone stealing them to replace theirs because they don't want to pay? The bin men should have to return them to the property not just chuck them on the grass verge. Especially if you have paid for them.
[quote][p][bold]MaggieRules[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]deckhanddave[/bold] wrote: Can I take this opportunity to point something out to our erstwhile council. You now charge about £5.00 for a replacement kerbside box unless your bin men are proven to have damaged it. Yet on windy days I see countless boxes just strewn around for the wind to blow away along with the lids. Now I ask, if a box gets blown into the road and then damaged and I refuse to pay £5.00 to replace it, how much do you think the resultant landfill increase will cost the council over a year? Just curious. Actually, what does the council pay for these bins?[/p][/quote]Put if this way - I have to pay £5 to replace their kerb side box, then the new box becomes my property not the council's as I have bought it. The next time THEY damage MY kerbside box in their hands then THEY should be expected to replace it and bear any costs I incur. Or failing that - forget all this recycling / global warming scam and lob which ever bin is due to collected that week. Then let the council worry about what they want to do with it.[/p][/quote]Don't forget, they won't pay to replace it unless they see their bin men damage it on the CCTV fitted to the back of the bin lorries. The fact that they go round the side and just dump them means nothing. No evidence means no payout. Also what about someone stealing them to replace theirs because they don't want to pay? The bin men should have to return them to the property not just chuck them on the grass verge. Especially if you have paid for them. deckhanddave
  • Score: 4

7:09am Mon 18 Aug 14

Y.I.P. says...

Put it all in your grey bin most goes to landfill anyway (prob.china or india)
Put it all in your grey bin most goes to landfill anyway (prob.china or india) Y.I.P.
  • Score: -1

11:10am Mon 18 Aug 14

bolero says...

Whistlejacket wrote:
bolero wrote:
Is someone having a laugh or what? I do what I am requested to do in respect of sorting the various recyclable items into the respective containers only to find that the collector empties the plastic containers and tins into my container marked `Glass Only` and puts them all into the same hopper on the refuse vehicle. The same happens with paper and cardboard. I now doubt whether these items are recycled at all but are just taken to landfill. I intend to follow the refuse wagon one day to see where it ends up.
I encountered exactly the same thing where a normal bin lorry was being used to collect all the segragated recycling in my street.
I queried this with Cllr Levene, the Cabinet Member for Environmental Services. He assured me that it was a one-off, as there was a problem with the recycling collection vehicle. I have since seen it happen on another occasion. That's just on the days I happened to be in when the bin-men came round.
Mine must have been a two-off then.
[quote][p][bold]Whistlejacket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Is someone having a laugh or what? I do what I am requested to do in respect of sorting the various recyclable items into the respective containers only to find that the collector empties the plastic containers and tins into my container marked `Glass Only` and puts them all into the same hopper on the refuse vehicle. The same happens with paper and cardboard. I now doubt whether these items are recycled at all but are just taken to landfill. I intend to follow the refuse wagon one day to see where it ends up.[/p][/quote]I encountered exactly the same thing where a normal bin lorry was being used to collect all the segragated recycling in my street. I queried this with Cllr Levene, the Cabinet Member for Environmental Services. He assured me that it was a one-off, as there was a problem with the recycling collection vehicle. I have since seen it happen on another occasion. That's just on the days I happened to be in when the bin-men came round.[/p][/quote]Mine must have been a two-off then. bolero
  • Score: 1

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