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Backing for National Recycling Week

June 2, 2008 8:00 AM

Andrew at Bottle BankA UK-wide campaign to encourage people to recycle more of their household waste has been backed by Liberal Democrats in Northampton.

National Recycling Week is being held on 2nd - 8th June. This is the fifth year it has been held. It is run by Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a national organisation set up to help people produce less waste and advise on how best to deal with rubbish in an environmentally friendly way.

Andrew Simpson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Northampton North said, "In Northampton each person is on average producing 259 kg of waste a year that is not recycled or composted. 60.6% of this ends up in landfill.

"Liberal Democrats in Northampton are delighted to be able to back National Recycling Week. We are encouraging as many residents as possible to make small changes in their lifestyles which will make large strides to ensuring we do not wreck our environment.

"We waste a huge amount of food each year - on average we throw away 112kg of food each, most of which is still usable. People can avoid this waste by doing simple things such as producing a shopping list of what food is needed, rather than wandering around the supermarket buying what takes your fancy!

"Last year in the UK, it was estimated that we spent £8 billion on food that was still fit to be used when it was thrown away. Being green can save money! But if you do produce food waste, why not get a compost bin if you have a garden?

"People should also try to buy food and other goods which have less packaging. And full use should be made of recycling facilities to dispose of waste. It is better that waste is turned back into something that is useful rather than dumped in the ground.

"Locally my colleagues on the Lib Dem run Northampton Borough Council have already made progress in increasing recycling in the town with the installation of recycling nodes on the Market Square, a trial doorstep collection of glass and with work underway on the collection of kitchen waste. There really is no excuse for people not to do their bit".

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Notes to Editors

Composting and recycling rates for Northampton Council area (figures in England are 2006/7; Scotland and Wales are 2005/6): http://www.letsrecycle.com/info/localauth/league/index.jsp

Tonnage of waste not recycled or composted - see column E (Residual HH waste) of attached spreadsheet (England only)

Percentage of waste collected in your council area going to landfill - see column G of attached spreadsheet (England only)

Weight of waste not recycled or composted in your area per resident: divide figure in column E by figure in column F in attached spreadsheet (England only) - convert into kg by multiplying by 1000.