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Rick
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Simple question.  How do we do it? 

 

Rick

November 20, 2010 at 10:06 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PeterS
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Simple answer: by learning from other places that have already done it.

 

November 24, 2010 at 6:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Mick
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Remembering that the target for recycling includes composting as well as paper, metal, etc. So - how to move from 50% to 75%....

 

Step by step. - N Herts, for example, is already at the 50% target (a year early), mainly because they got their collection infrastructure organised and pressed on in spite of bitter complaints. Many people are now used to separating and collecting recyclables. Some areas of Herts are a good bit behind but as their waste collection contracts come up for renewal they will follow.

 

All this moves the concept from being a silly idea to being normal.

 

As councils refine their recycling provision and awareness spreads we will move easily to 60% throughout the county.

 

Then comes the harder bit but any type of MBT would extract more recyclables from the bin waste, an extra 7.5% or so.

 

AD of any remaining biodegradable material will further add to the total - say 2.5 to 5%.

 

That would be 70% - over maybe 5 to 7years. By then pressure to reduce wasteful packaging, , make stuff more  recyclable , etc will have begun to work through plus we, generally, will be even more informed about waste and its consequences.

 

So I would suggest/predict that just as 10 years ago we recycled practically nothing, in 10 years time we will wonder why ever we thought 70% was barely possible.

 

 If they haven't signed us up to 25 year incinerator contracts, that is!

 

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November 29, 2010 at 8:02 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rick
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Hi Peter, that's a succinct and snappy response!

 

It would be really helpful for viewers if you could name those other places and provide some info on the solutions and approaches they adopted to create their success. 

November 30, 2010 at 6:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rick
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Thanks Mick, that's really thought provoking.

 

I would like to put the AD/MBT technologies aside for the time being, as in my mind they are still lower down on the hierarchy than waste avoidance and pure recycling.  

 

So in terms of the first step, which you predict will move us from 50% to 60% plus, what do you think are the key sticking points to overcome?

 

For instance, our high-consumption culture, a reluctance from houshoulds to engage with recycling, or is it a lack of local authority /district infrastructure, or something else entirely?

 

Rick

November 30, 2010 at 6:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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