Canterbury Green Party member calls for local councils to educate their residents on recycling

A member from the Canterbury Green Party has said the council need to educate residents on recycling.

This comes after the Kent Resource Partnership released data showing the county’s households are recycling just 46.3% of waste.

The Green Party believe an education campaign on recycling needs to happen if recycling rates are to be improved.

Recycling bin collection in Canterbury.

A number of common household waste can be recycled across the county including, tin foil, tins, and plastics.

Dartford was ranked as the worst place in Kent for recycling with just 25.2% of households recycling waste.

In comparison to Ashford with 55% of the towns waste being recycled.

Pat Marsh, member of Canterbury Green Party. Photo courtesy of CGP website.

However, the Green Party think local councils need to take more action on those who are not disposing of waste correctly.

Pat Marsh coordinator of Canterbury District Green Party said: “Clearly councils need more resources to increase the number of enforcement officers who can visit residents that are not using bins correctly and educate them in this.

“A serious education campaign on the part of local councils would help, with much more publicity about fines for residents who persistently contaminate their recycling bins even after repeated visits from enforcement officers.

“And there are still those who don’t believe global warming is caused by human activity, even though 97% of climate scientists assure them it is.”

However, council leader Simon Cook believes sending enforcement officers round to residents properties is too heavy handed.

He said: “The idea of sending people round, and when they say enforcement officers that’s a very big brother approach, which I personally wouldn’t be happy with and I don’t think our residents would thank us for.

“At the end of the day recycling is something we have to do with the cooperation of our residents, it’s something we should say look this is a good thing to do, we’re going to make it easy for you, please join us.

“The idea that you’re sending people round to give people tickets for not recycling, I think is the kind of country I would not want to live in.”

Listen to Simon Cook’s full interview below:

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Although, an environmentalist from The Kent Environment and Community Network (KECN) thinks that residents may not be bothering to recycle if others aren’t.

Environmentalist Emily Shirley, photo courtesy of KECN website.

Emily Shirley at KECN said: “I think the law needs to be changed so that the producers of waste have to recycle it, for example bottles could be taken back by companies for a small refund to the public.

“Recycling is important because it reduces waste and resource depletion, however not producing waste in the fast place is even more important.

“Some people may question the worth of recycling and why they should use their time to recycle when manufacturers and big businesses do not?”