Town hall consults on residents on becoming a zero waste borough

A borough is keen to raise recycling rates and work towards becoming a ‘zero waste borough’.

Working with residents in Greenwich borough is key to its success, so on Monday, February 3, an online consultation asking residents’ views on proposed changes to their rubbish bin collections was launched.

The three main options for residents to consider:

  1. Reducing the frequency of general waste collections to every two weeks, with mixed recycling and garden and food waste recycling collected every week.
  2. Reducing the size of the general waste bin, which would be collected every week.
  3. A smaller general waste bin that’s collected every two weeks, with mixed recycling and garden and food waste recycling collected every week.

The town hall hopes that through collaboration with residents and a promise to make a positive impact on the environment, the borough will become a Zero Waste Borough. Experience in other areas has shown that going fortnightly for non-recyclable rubbish or reducing the size of the blacktop wheelie bins really boosts recycling rates.

Councillor David Gardner, cabinet member for public realm and seputy leader of the council said: “The recycling rates in the borough are good and we should be proud of this, but I believe we can all do much better.

“So how do we achieve this? My belief is that we all have to think about how we reduce waste, but also that changing the way we collect waste will make a significant difference, and we want to hear residents’ thoughts on this. The feedback from the consultation on which of the three waste collection proposals would work best for them, will play a vital role in getting it right.”

The consultation will run until 11.59pm on Sunday, March 15. The consultation can be found at www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/zerowaste

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