Call for kerbside carton recycling in Newport

RECYCLING PROBLEM: Paul Hawkins wants Newport City Council to collect drinkscartons from the kerbside for recycling

RECYCLING PROBLEM: Paul Hawkins wants Newport City Council to collect drinkscartons from the kerbside for recycling

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NEWPORT residents have called for the council to start collecting food and drink cartons with kerbside recycling, as it emerged it is the only council in Gwent not to already do so.

Newport missed its recycling targets in 2013 to 2014, although the Welsh Government waived the fine they would normally have had to pay.

The recycling rate for Newport is currently 52 per cent and the council has to achieve a 58 per cent recycling target for the city by 2016.

Now residents say the council could do more to encourage recycling and avoid future fines by introducing a carton collection.

Currently, if Newport residents want to recycle cartons such as Tetra Paks they have to be taken to one of three supermarkets or the household waste recycling centre on Docks Way.

When these recycling banks were introduced, the council described itself as “leader of the Pak” in a press release.

But now Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly all offer kerbside collections of the cartons with no need for residents to make an extra journey.

Paul Hawkins, who is co-director of Diverse Music shop and record label in the city, said: “I’ve noticed a lot more products that used to come in tins are now coming in Tetra Paks (cartons) so unfortunately I now recycle less than I used to. It’s not my choice; it has just been forced upon me.

“I have noticed Newport has gone from leading the way in recycling and being one of the top councils in the UK to failing to meet its targets. Council tax payers are doing as much as they can. If they want us to recycle more, why don’t they pay for a Tetra Pak service? They could spend money on that rather than what they might be fined.

“I know if I get in my car and drive to Sainsbury I could dump it in a recycling bin, but am I going to do that if I run out of milk? There’s no point making a special trip to a recycling place because that uses carbon in itself and puts more traffic on the road.”

Roger Hiscott, 47, from Caerleon, said: “I think there should be an evaluation of all material that goes into landfill that could be recycled, and see if that could be included in kerbside collection. People make a living out of recycling scrap metal. At the moment you have got to pay the council to come and take it.”

A spokeswoman for Newport City Council said: “Plastic cartons are very difficult to recycle due to the many materials used to make them which mean they are expensive to recycle.

“At present there are recycling banks for liquid food cartons at three supermarkets in Newport and at the household waste recycling centre. The producers currently cover all costs associated with this, but the council has been told that if it starts to collect this material at the kerbside then the responsibility for funding will fall to the council.

“Until recently there was no UK facility capable of processing and recycling the cartons due to the mix of card, polymer, and foil materials. This has now changed and a new specialist UK mill has opened in Halifax which has the capability to recycle the cartons.

“As a result the council is investigating how it could offer residents the ability to recycle liquid food cartons at the kerbside and the cost to do so.”

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9:08am Tue 10 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

If you want more people to recycle, make it easier for them to do so.

I'm sure none of us want yet another plastic box in front of the house to be left uncollected after being "contaminated" with the wrong sort of rubbish. Simplify the system with a single dry recycling bin and a central sorting facility - that way tetra packs can be easily included in the total recycled and the targets easily met.

Other benefits would include the extra jobs created at the recycling centre, cost savings from simplified waste collections and a less cluttered kerbside.

Of course, it would mean that certain companies might not make quite so much profit so don't expect it to actually happen
If you want more people to recycle, make it easier for them to do so. I'm sure none of us want yet another plastic box in front of the house to be left uncollected after being "contaminated" with the wrong sort of rubbish. Simplify the system with a single dry recycling bin and a central sorting facility - that way tetra packs can be easily included in the total recycled and the targets easily met. Other benefits would include the extra jobs created at the recycling centre, cost savings from simplified waste collections and a less cluttered kerbside. Of course, it would mean that certain companies might not make quite so much profit so don't expect it to actually happen -trigg-
  • Score: -1

9:33am Tue 10 Jun 14

evearthur says...

Newport council need to take a look at Monmouthshire councils approach to recycling, no boxes that break, no ridiculous green bags that get blown away on a windy day...two different coloured bags and as many as you put out will be collected. It will stop petty thieves stealing recycling boxes which Newport council have to spend more money replacing and it will allow everyone who lives in a flat to be able to recycle easily.
Newport council need to take a look at Monmouthshire councils approach to recycling, no boxes that break, no ridiculous green bags that get blown away on a windy day...two different coloured bags and as many as you put out will be collected. It will stop petty thieves stealing recycling boxes which Newport council have to spend more money replacing and it will allow everyone who lives in a flat to be able to recycle easily. evearthur
  • Score: -12

11:17am Tue 10 Jun 14

Oddjob says...

Tetra pack cartons are collected with paper and cardboard in the Monmouthshire area and not as separate items like they once were at designated recycling centres.
Tetra pack cartons are collected with paper and cardboard in the Monmouthshire area and not as separate items like they once were at designated recycling centres. Oddjob
  • Score: 1

11:34am Tue 10 Jun 14

ThisisNewport says...

Correction - Newport was not fined for failing to meet its targets. No local authority in Wales has been fined.
Correction - Newport was not fined for failing to meet its targets. No local authority in Wales has been fined. ThisisNewport
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

It’s us who are forced to use smaller bins….take other waste to the tip or places where there is a facility to dispose of the councils unwanted waste items that cost them (us) money to dispose of.

They repeatedly threaten us with the very unlikely…..electio
n losing…chance ‘we’ will get fined for not improving re-cycling…and as usual it’s a ’mother knows best’ attitude…when a spokesperson comes out with the usual garbage as to why they can or can’t do something…..

Like with most things in life……if there’s a will there’s a way….but unfortunately with all things in local government….this only applies if it fits their cost model and they don't have to do anymore than the minmum to satisfy the 'tick box' and stats driven mentality that prevails throughout government.
It’s us who are forced to use smaller bins….take other waste to the tip or places where there is a facility to dispose of the councils unwanted waste items that cost them (us) money to dispose of. They repeatedly threaten us with the very unlikely…..electio n losing…chance ‘we’ will get fined for not improving re-cycling…and as usual it’s a ’mother knows best’ attitude…when a spokesperson comes out with the usual garbage as to why they can or can’t do something….. Like with most things in life……if there’s a will there’s a way….but unfortunately with all things in local government….this only applies if it fits their cost model and they don't have to do anymore than the minmum to satisfy the 'tick box' and stats driven mentality that prevails throughout government. Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: -5

12:04pm Wed 11 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

evearthur wrote:
Newport council need to take a look at Monmouthshire councils approach to recycling, no boxes that break, no ridiculous green bags that get blown away on a windy day...two different coloured bags and as many as you put out will be collected. It will stop petty thieves stealing recycling boxes which Newport council have to spend more money replacing and it will allow everyone who lives in a flat to be able to recycle easily.
Can i ask what the two different coloured bags are made of that won't get blown away as opposed to the green ones in Newport that do?
And are MCC population charged for recycling as a separate cost to Council Tax?
[quote][p][bold]evearthur[/bold] wrote: Newport council need to take a look at Monmouthshire councils approach to recycling, no boxes that break, no ridiculous green bags that get blown away on a windy day...two different coloured bags and as many as you put out will be collected. It will stop petty thieves stealing recycling boxes which Newport council have to spend more money replacing and it will allow everyone who lives in a flat to be able to recycle easily.[/p][/quote]Can i ask what the two different coloured bags are made of that won't get blown away as opposed to the green ones in Newport that do? And are MCC population charged for recycling as a separate cost to Council Tax? landyman3030
  • Score: -1

11:14pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Independentvoter says...

What residents ??? One person more like it - What person in their right mind would take the trouble to contact the argus to say or demand that they want curbside collection of an empty fruitjuice carton from the council with all the robberies muggings burgularies etc etc etc happening in Newport hahahahahahaha
What residents ??? One person more like it - What person in their right mind would take the trouble to contact the argus to say or demand that they want curbside collection of an empty fruitjuice carton from the council with all the robberies muggings burgularies etc etc etc happening in Newport hahahahahahaha Independentvoter
  • Score: 1

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