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Message in a bottle to the council
Sending a message in a bottle asking for better recycling.
PEOPLE WANT BETTER RECYCLING
On World Environment Day 5 June 2004, Nottingham Friends of the Earth was in front of the Council House asking people to send a message in a recycled bottle to their local Council asking for better doorstep recycling services.
   Over 60 groups around the country were doing the same. (See national press release.)
   Friends of the Earth wants Councils to follow 'best practice', including:
  • weekly collection of recyclables
  • over 5 different materials collected
  • covering 100% of households
  • materials separated on-street
  • easily storable container
  • regular information
  •    Most people in the City said they didn't receive any of this. People in Gedling, Rushcliffe and Broxtowe are a bit happier with their recycling service. But almost everyone thought their Councils could do better. People in Sheltered Housing and blocks of flats thought they should get a communal service.
       BBC East Midlands filmed us. Nottingham FOE campaigner Rebecca Pleass told them that 90% of people want to do more recycling. She also told the press "Other Councils across the country are doing much better than Nottingham. We want the Council to collect glass, cans, plastics, textiles as well as paper and card. And they should be collecting kitchen waste as well as garden waste."
    Email your Council to ask for better doorstep recycling.

    CHECK YOUR COUNCIL
    Check your Council's recycling performance on our national survey.

    FIND RECYCLING FACILITIES
    Find your nearest recycling facilities at www.wastepoint.co.uk.

    GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE
    Download Friends of the Earth's Good Practice Guide on Recycling (Acrobat pdf file).


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