Page 63 – Connect your local authorities to share their resources.

Isn’t it irritating when your neighbouring counties collect the recycling or compostable waste that your authority doesn’t?

Apparently, local authorities are encouraged to do all they can to increase the recycling rates, so perhaps we should just get on their case and ask them directly to help us by sharing their resources!

To get the ball rolling, just copy out the email below (turn it into a letter if you prefer), personalise it where appropriate and send it off.

Be sure to copy your note as recommended below and let’s make a real noise about our efforts to reduce rubbish.

Do keep in touch and let us know how things progress!

Good luck!

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TO: localauthority@town.co.uk

FROM: Traceysmith@home.co.uk

SUBJECT: Keeping organic waste out of landfill

Attn: Household Waste and Recycling Departments

Dear Local Authority

I live in …, alongside the neighbouring county/district of …

At present, we do not have a recycling collection for organic food waste and I am not aware of a scheme starting anytime soon; please tell me if there is one in the pipeline.

I am aware that DEFRA does not support a unified policy  on recycling facilities. However, I understand they do strongly encourage neighbouring counties and districts to ‘work together’ for the common good and share facilities where possible.

In nearby … there is a weekly/fortnightly collection of food waste that is taken to a nearby anaerobic digesting/ composting facility and I am writing to ask that this service be extended to our county/district too. It may take some organising, but surely cannot be too difficult to implement as the processing plant is already in the vicinity and unlikely to be working to full capacity.

Many people in my local community would support this initiative and, no doubt, there are countless more in the surrounding area. I attach a petition to show the united support for this idea.

I have copied this email to our local BBC radio station and our MP … who I am sure will follow this story with great interest, as they also seem very keen to encourage sustainable-living behaviour. I am certain that a shared scheme for responsible disposal of biodegradable organic waste would be seen as a very positive step in the right direction for our council and I look forward to hearing from you soon with your thoughts on putting this idea into action.

cc: Your local radio station

cc: Your local Member of Parliament