More materials collected for recycling

Birmingham City Council should increase the amount of materials collected for recycling. This should include all types of plastics and packaging. This would be easier to implement with a food waste collection which seperates out biodegradeable waste, and makes packaging much more useful.

Why the contribution is important

A significant proportion of the materials burnt in the incinerator are actually a valuable resource which is currently going up in smoke. Around 40% of what's currently burnt could be composted or digested, and a further 20%-30% could be re-used or recycled. These materials could be sold to companies that can make use of them, providing a revenue stream for the council and helping fund the waste system.

by KillerJules on November 11, 2015 at 05:03PM

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  • Posted by bolderepaul November 16, 2015 at 12:48

    Do more recycling separation at the plant.
  • Posted by TJB December 17, 2015 at 18:26

    Yes, extend the range of items that can be put into the mixed recycling wheelie bins. Absolutely ludicrous that we are not allowed to recycle black plastic when this is the colour that is used extensively for the packaging of ready meals.
  • Posted by ALAN December 20, 2015 at 17:42

    There are few materials that cannot be recycled for some purpose.
    Many recycling centres use colour recognition lazers to detect the colour, thus the black (mentioned above) should not be a problem with sensible investment.

    UHT milk containers and juice containers are numerous; these contain aluminium and other good materials that can be processed out.
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