Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Catherine bearder MEP signs recycling charter while local Councils dismiss charter

Councils and businesses across the South East are being urged to sign up to a charter  aimed at improving transparency in the recycling chain. The Resource Association wants local authorities and companies to publish an annual register of what happens to its recyclables.

Catherine Bearder, Member of the European Parliament for for South-East England, has signed the charter and believes more should be done to explain what happens to our rubbish.

Speaking after signing the charter Catherine Said: “I think we should all know what happens after we put out the rubbish on the kerbside. Do you know how much ends up in landfill, incinerated or recycled? If it is recycled, where does it end up? Fewer of us have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality when to comes to getting rid of rubbish. We want to know when we recycle that it is actually a worthwhile exercise. This charter helps put the focus on councils and organisations to take greater responsibility over where rubbish ends up.”

Catherine has been spearheading a campaign ‘Don’t Rubbish Our Recycling‘ aimed at encouraging people to cut down on the amount of rubbish they produce.

It also focuses on where waste ends up, with concern about junk being sent to developing countries.

At the moment, councils including Kent and Isle of Wight have signed up, while companies such as Coca Cola Partnership and Smurfit Kappa Recycling are also on board. While Worthing, Adur and West Sussex Councils have not signed up.

Worthing Liberal Democrat Leader and Environment spokesman Alan Rice said:” It is appalling that the Adur, Worthing and West Sussex have ignored this vital step towards increasing and improving the way recycling is carried out locally. It is imperative that Worthing, Adur and West Sussex sign up swiftly or recycling will suffer. The Cabinets of all three councils must take this decision immediately and put pressure on other councils in West Sussex to sign up.”

A recent YouGov survey commissioned by the Resource Association has shown a public interest in what happens to the recycling, revealing that 73 per cent of adults quizzed did not know where the waste ended up. Further  questioning showed 68 per cent would like more information.

Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resource Association, believes companies will benefit by signing up to the charter.

He said: “We are pleased to welcome Catherine as a signatory to the charter and support the campaign she has been running to draw attention to what actually happens to the public’s recycling. Our shared agenda of transparency and improved public information will generate confidence in the recycling industry and how local councils account for recycling collected in their name. This can only be good for the industry and encourage people to recycle more, confident the materials are put to good use.  Transparency of end destination of recycling is a vital part in raising the game on recycling.”

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