Why we need to reduce the amount of waste:
Sending rubbish to landfill is quite literally throwing resources away; in Peterborough 21% of what we throw away is recyclable, valuable materials that could be reused. We are running out of space for landfill. If we keep throwing away as much as we do today we will have reached capacity of our current sites in the next few years; Dogsthorpe site is due to shut in 2017 and Eyebury in 2021. Landfill sites produce pollution that contributes to climate change. Reusing and recycling materials saves huge amounts of energy as less effort is needed to source and process materials.
Peterborough is already working to reduce our waste:
The current waste situation in Peterborough is:
- 581kg of waste was collected per household in 2010
- 331,000 tonnes of waste arose from Peterborough in 2010 from both municipal and non-municipal streams
- Peterborough residents recycled 43% of their household waste in 2011/12.
- Recycling collection includes: glass, paper, cardboard, cans, aerosols and plastic bottles and we have a green waste collection for garden waste
- Food waste collection started across the city in November 2012
- Every year there is a national ‘Zero Waste Week’ helping to reduce landfill and save money.
- The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Re-Use facility reprocesses and reconditions electrical goods for recycling and resale into the community, aiming to divert both large and small electrical items from landfill.
- We generate about 177 million tonnes of waste every year in England alone.
Targets to 2020:
- Build a new Household Recycling Centre.
- Seek funding to develop an action plan to reduce landfill of non-municipal waste (i.e. non-domestic).
- Seek to achieve zero waste to landfill.
- Queensgate will increase its recycling/reuse rate to 95%
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