Rifling through rubbish for the future of recycling

People who pay little attention to what they throw into their normal household waste bin could be throwing out a lot of recyclable material – and a study will find out just how much.

The research project will take place in Monmouthshire, and will involve checks on a random selection of waste from 200 households in the area, reports the Monmouthshire Beacon. The project is funded entirely by the Welsh Government, which has provided £60,000.

It is money well spent, because looking into people’s rubbish to find out what is recyclable could potentially lead to massive savings, as Councillor Bryan Jones, Monmouthshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for County Operations, explains:

“At the moment, we’re spending around £3 million on landfill. But we know that up to 70 per cent of the waste that we send for landfill could be recycled.

“This is bad for the environment and bad financially, as we need to find £14 million of savings in the next three years. So a cut of only a third in the amount of waste we send for landfill could save over £1 million to protect front line services.”

The study’s results will assist the council in assessing how effective forthcoming changes to their waste services will be when they are implemented in July, and enable them to plan for the future.

At Recycling Lives, we are pleased to see Monmouthshire County Council’s efforts to improve sustainability being given some financial assistance by the Welsh Government. Clearly, the Government has seen the potential for massive improvement that this research project could bring to the area if effective solutions are implemented as a result.

Local authorities are feeling the effects of the current economic climate, and need to save as much money as they can. A reduction in landfill fees will certainly be attainable if Monmouthshire analyses the findings of the research, and then works in partnership with local residents and its waste management contractors to drive recycling forward.

Recycling Lives also works in partnership with a range of different agencies, including other businesses, schools, and local authorities. As a social business, we promote sustainability by reducing, reusing and recycling waste. This is at the heart of our Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, which informs all of our company’s policies and procedures.

We also operate a social welfare charity, which supports homeless people to get their lives back on track after experiencing hardship. The support programme they undertake has a focus on sustainability, with guidance on how to budget properly and minimise waste; they also undertake work placements in waste management and recycling on our sites.

If you are a local authority or a business wishing to minimise your landfill rates and boost your social value in a variety of ways, contact Recycling Lives!