Saturday, 17 March 2012

RE-USE NOT JUST RECYCLING

In this time of financial hardship, with about half of all households experiencing declining incomes, re-use by households and indeed by businesses and public sector enterprises must be considered, not just recycling(1). Kent Green Party is writing to all councils in Kent to encourage greater emphasis on re-use. Steve Dawe explains:

“Kent Green Party has written to all councils in Kent and Medway encouraging a new emphasis upon re-use alongside existing recycling policies. Households, and both the private and public sectors may be able to save money by engaging in careful re-use of materials(2). Here are some examples:

· Putting plain cardboard into compost

· Putting vegetable food waste and grass cutting into compost

· Re-using plastic containers for storage

· Re-using glass for jam and pickle making, and for making wine and beer

· Re-using paper for taking notes by the phone, shopping lists etc

· Using old or damaged CDs as bird scarers to protect food growing in allotments and gardens

· Putting banana skins on the soil next to flowering plants, which is very good especially for roses

· Ensuring any unwanted book or other household item is passed on to relatives or friends or to a charity shop for re-use, and not discarded unless beyond further use

· Using unwanted wood and woody cuttings in the fireplace

Clearly, some households, especially with members who lived through the rationing period during and after the Second World War, may do some or even all of these things already. But with Council publicity, more households might well help themselves.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. Monthly free ezine KENT GREEN NEWS available for subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org

Notes:

1. 1. KCC declines to give information about how much they pay per tonne of material sent to the Aldington incinerator, claiming commercial confidentiality. http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/recycling_in_wye We do know that the recycling credit rate is £57.07 per tonne of waste for Wyecycle in Wye, Ashford: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/recycling_in_wye

2. 2. KCC is looking for savings in the area of recycling credits: https://shareweb.kent.gov.uk/Documents/council-and-democracy/council%20financial%20publications/ehw-business-plans-2011-12/waste.pdf

But credits are not paid to charities engaged in ensuring re-use. All their efforts to keep materials out of the waste stream, by collecting furniture and other goods and selling them direct to the public do not attract support. But they are actually more valuable than recycling as re-use is more energy efficient should always be preferred to recycling wherever possible.

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