A simple recycling initiative has been introduced at the historic market site of Whitechapel in London.
Tower Hamlets council have provided the bustling market with designated bins that take organic, cardboard and other packaging waste and they are emptied twice a day.
It is hoped this will reduce rubbish in the area by up to 88% and the results are good, following the initial trial period of 3 months.
The scheme will allow for 9 tonnes of organic waste and 9.5 tonnes of dry recycling to be diverted to recycling facilities each week, which is a tremendous achievement.
Local councillor, Abdal Ullah gave his blessing to the recycling plan and told the BBC, “Markets by their very nature can create a lot of waste, when you take into account things like packaging and food products with a relatively short shelf life. We have introduced a number of new ways that all this can be recycled and we are very excited that none of the market waste will be sent to landfill.”
A rebellious Hampshire council has made a stand and rejected government guidelines to impose fines of between £75.00 and £110.00 to residents who overfill their bins.
The statement came from Councillor Gavin Dick, who told the BBC, “It’s incredible that law-abiding residents can get fined more than shoplifters”.
He added, “I can reassure residents that these measures will not be introduced. Southampton is a great example of what can be done to help residents dispose of their waste while making huge strides in helping the environment – all without the threat of whopping fines.”