It’s the time of year for DEFRA to publish their annual household waste figures. We already have one of the worst recycling rates in the country (28.6%, a modest improvement of 2% on last year). Although this is a step in the right direction, we shouldn’t crack the champagne just yet. It’s still not enough to get us out of the bottom 10% worst councils for recycling, composting or reuse.
I’ve posted before my frustrations around the council’s decision to remove the mixed plastic bring bins. The decision is really shocking when you consider our recycling record. Other councils pride themselves in making improvements. BDBC, however does the bare minimum and makes excuses for our poor recycling performance. They tell us there isn’t a market for mixed plastic waste. Should recycling be about making a profit? Or should we instead be doing our bit to save the planet?