Increase recycling, decrease incineration

Having a large incinerator on a longterm contract encourages the idea of providing fuel to be burnt.

Instead we should be trying to recycle as much as possible.  Recycling rates in Europe & Wales can get close to 70%.

Residual waste for burning should be incinerated in smaller facilities with use of the power for electricity or heating.

Smaller, local contractors could be used for waste collection in order to gain public traction on the ideas.  For example Sutton C Town Council could collect green and food waste and run its own anaerobic digestor.

Why the contribution is important

The introduction of wheelie bins in Sutton caused so much discontent (plus the green waste charge) that it demonsrtated the distance of a central Birmingham bureaucracy and local aspirations.  Instaed of big unwieldy contracts, try small local ones.

by johnheywood on November 25, 2015 at 11:44AM

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  • Posted by navigator November 30, 2015 at 22:22

    I quite agree don't burn it recycle it.
  • Posted by JohnNewson December 20, 2015 at 16:10

    Household Rubbish is not a fuel because you cannot control what goes in the bag or bin, it will be wet, contain stuff that doesn't burn, or materials which should been sold for re-use or recycling. If you cannot control what goes into it, you probably cannot control what comes out of it, into the air above Birmingham..
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