Fife tops for recycling
Published 1 Aug 2012 09:30 6 Comments
FIFERS are first for recycling in Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has revealed.
Figures released by Sepa showed that Fife's households were greener than anyone else in Scotland from October to December 2011, with more than 50 per cent of household waste recycled.
It's the first time the Kingdom has topped the charts and Chris Ewing, Fife Council's senior manager for sustainability, said it was "excellent news".
He added, "What the Sepa figures don't show is that for the financial year ending 31st March 2012, Fifers recycled over 140,000 tonnes of waste.
"That reduced carbon emissions by 70,000 tonnes. It also had a big financial benefit, saving nearly £8million in landfill tax and earning around £2million from the sale of recyclates.
"We are expecting that recycling rates will increase to 60 per cent once the bin system has been fully rolled out, resulting in even more financial and environmental benefits."
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 02 Aug 12
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Aug 1, 14:27
Lovely PR from two beaurocracies who depend on this type of drivel for their continued existence.
What the cant and wont tell you is that:
Glass Recycling - after making you rinse and segregate the glass into colours they collect it in a single truck mixing it up, then send it to Alloa where the majority is crushed and put into road ballast etc - useful use of your time and clean water?
Plastics - again, you wash and sort, they collect, bale up, store in expensive warehouses and send to the far east. Once it is in a container they are unable ot track it and it counts as being recycled. When it arrives at it's destination they have no idea and care not what happens to it - is it burned, is it recyled? Again a useful use of your time and taxes?
Metals - as this is the only recyled material with a real intrinsic value - great - bit again you do not need to wash it with treated water...all the dirt comes out in the furnaces
Paper - a marginal gain here and to be applauded.
Remember that the figures relate only to materials collected with the potential to be recycled, whether they are or not doesnt matter nor does it affect the figures. Ask yourselves how many people are employed by the council, what the costs of accommodating, pensioning, supporting and replacing them is then ask yourself if there is value for money. We can and will recyle without the jackboots and propoganda but please do not beleive every press release they make
Recommend? Yes 17 No 6
Aug 1, 15:31
Why do people not take more responsibility for this? I live in a block of 6 flats. Apart from the fact that most of my neighbours (it's always left to two us) very rarely (if ever) take their own bins out (bins are not appointed to individual residences), there is a lack of space in bins for waste. If us 2 folk didn't take everyone's bins out each fortnight, the place would be a coup. In addition, the lack of space in bins is hugely due to people filling black bins with cardboard and paper rather than taking 2 moments to segregate their waste. How complicated is it to have a box in your hall cupoard, etc, in which to store your used newspapers, magazines, before emptying into the blue bin? I really struggle to understand why some people are so ignorant of this concept.
You don't have to be an environmentalist in order to recycle - just sensible.
Recommend? Yes 14 No 1
Aug 1, 19:50
DBResident...get a life mun! what a moanin git!....high time u were recycled!.words fail me, so I'll go back to picking up fag ends and used chewing gum off the pavements, did u drop em?
Recommend? Yes 3 No 12
Aug 1, 21:49
Red Robin, thank you for your constructive comment, not moaning here I am afraid, merely pointing out that the propoganda dished out to us by the council doesnt tell the whole story. The numbers they spout are misleading and perhaps many of us dont like our plastic waste being shipped halfway round the world at vast expense to be incinerated in China all in the name of sustainablility and environmentalism.
Not guilty on the fag ends and gum.
Recommend? Yes 11 No 6
Aug 2, 11:00
DBR ..yeah ok..fair point...However the council may be putting out progander (is that a big bird cos a proper gander is a big goose)? and I am wee birdie wanting my share.
So what do we do?...change legislation again and again.the bottom line is a fair society for every bird..yes?
Recommend? Yes 3 No 6
Aug 3, 00:56
i HAVE looked into FIFE recycle programme and guess what two extra bins but none for GLASS when I phoned council was told put in bottle bank and I said what about disabled ,elderly, house bound who cant managed to get to bank I WAS TOLD PUT IT IN LAND FILL bin this defeats the purpose of recycle what a mess we are leaving for future folks ,with all the land fills popping over the country
Recommend? Yes 9 No 0