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Call for boost to recycling in the Cotswolds

by Paul Hodgkinson on 28 September, 2014

Cotswold District Council is being urged to up its game on recycling.

Paul with councillors and campaigners outside Council offices

Paul with councillors and campaigners outside Council offices

Liberal Democrat Councillors are applying pressure to the administration at CDC to fall in line with many other councils across the country by introducing doorstep collections of Tetrapaks.

Parliamentary Candidate, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Churn Valley), who proposed a motion to the Council Meeting on 23 September, said: “This is part of our campaign to convince the Council that people want this service and it is the best possible outcome for the environment.”

He claimed CDC is one a falling number of councils in England that fails to recycle juice and drink cartons on the doorstep. Neighbouring councils who have such a service include nearby Tewkesbury and West Oxfordshire. At present, many cartons end up in landfill.

“When we campaigned successfully for plastics recycling it was a big step forward. Now, we want to help empty people’s black bins even more by helping them get rid of cartons in a greener way,” he said.

“Unfortunately, people can’t recycle Tetrapaks on the kerbside and the number of banks for disposing of them has fallen. Added to that is the fact that many think they can throw these cartons into the blue cardboard bags. In fact, if people do this, they contaminate all the cardboard and none of it can be used for recycling.”

“I asked the question on Facebook whether people wanted to recycle cartons and the resounding answer was yes! I hope the Council will now listen to them and get recycling rates back up again.”

 

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