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Residents Association MagazinearrowSummer 2002 - 17

RUBBISH

The dustmen, or whatever their title is these days, recently put a sticker on some of our wheelie bins, which resulted in phone calls from residents to some committee members of our Association. So may I first clarify the purpose of the sticker? The BLACK print simply restates some of the existing rules governing the wheelie bin. i.e. have the bin ready by 7 a.m. on the collection day. The bin should not be too heavy and it should have its lid closed. The refuse collectors are not instructed to remove extra bags.

The GREEN print appeals to all householders to improve our recycling of newspapers, magazines, textiles, plastic containers, cans, glass and garden waste.

Currently Broadstone residents have two different means of recycling. Some residents have an additional box supplied by the Council, who have given instructions governing use of these boxes. Broadstone' s remaining residents are able to dispose of their recyclable materials by taking them to the recycling containers on the car park by the library. Recycling containers are also available at the Recreation Ground's entrance at Dunyeats Road, and at other vantage points around the Borough.

At present Broadstone's residents can only dispose of their garden waste by using home composters, or by taking it to the Council's main depot on the Nuffield Estate.

Confusion also arises on the use of these Recycling containers and I have obtained the following information from Poole's Consumer Protection Department. At present there is no facility to recycle cardboard or junk mail or small batteries. They should therefore be put into the householder's normal wheelie bin. Empty blue bottles should be disposed of in the green bottle section of the bulk recycling containers. Lids of plastic bottles and containers should be removed and not put into the Plastic Recycling containers. Tins should be flattened whenever possible before their disposal in the Cans Recycling containers.

At present Poole's residents enable the Council to recycle and compost 21% of the Household Waste, but National targets set Poole the challenge to increase this figure to 33% in 2003/4 and to 40% in 2005/6. Bearing in mind that the amount of household waste increases each year, these targets require us to recycle and compost more than double the present rate.

At the March Area Committee Meeting we were informed that the Council will be considering a proposal to supply all households with an additional wheelie bin for recyclable materials and possibly a plastic bag for garden waste.

At the end of May a Steering Committee is set to formulate a report for consideration by Poole Council. The Council will determine whether they accept these recommendations and whether they can release the necessary funds, in order to achieve the targets for recycling.

The Council must also consider the European requirement for minimising amounts going to landfill. For example, by 2005 the amount to landfill sites should be reduced to 85% of the 1998 level, by 2010 this will reduce to 75% of the 1995 level, leading in 2020 to reducing to 35% of the 1995 level.

Poole Council must therefore need to plan for the use of landfill to virtually be eliminated by 2020 and ensure that their Waste Management Strategy Plan provides for other means of disposing of our waste. Such plans should recognise that the use of Incinerator plants is seen by residents as the least acceptable method.

Frank Meaton

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