My 'Don't Rubbish Our Recycling' campaign is starting to gain some real momentum.
It is all about lifting the lid on household waste.
Hopefully, it will be something you can use in local campaigns, maybe debunk some myths about what happens to junk in your area, or even expose glitches in the recycling system.
Put simply: I think we should all know what happens after we put the rubbish out on the kerbside. Do you how much ends up in landfill, incinerated or recycled? If it is recycled, where does it end up?
Fewer of us now have an 'out of sight, out of mind' mentality when it to comes to getting rid of rubbish. We want to know when we recycle, it is actually a worthwhile exercise.
So, I have asked every council in the South East to tell me how it deals with waste and to explain its audit trail for recycled junk.
The results make interesting reading. I have tried to break them down for every area. Remember to get back to me if you need more information.
But, only you - as a local resident - can spot the key issues in the statistics which may have an impact in your area. Whatever your query, I hope we can get some answers. Feel free to use the figures to quiz your council. Let me know how you get on.
We are supplying a list of all the companies dealing with recyclables in your area - perhaps some of them would be worth a visit with a councillor, MP, or even a MEP?
This is a great example of how the EU is impacting on your local community. I have been heavily involved at the European Parliament in the fight to prevent tonnes of electrical waste from the UK and across the EU being dumped illegally in developing countries.
Don't Rubbish Our Recycling is about becoming more conscious about our junk.
We are recycling more and more, but I am keen to encourage us all - including manufacturers - to cut back on the amount of rubbish we produce.
I hope you can all get involved… let's get cracking!
If you would like to find out more about recycling in your area then send me an email and let me know which local council collects your bins or runs your recycling centre. Email[email protected]
You can also get regular updates by following on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/catherinemep
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