Letter: Prevent litter as result of recycling

Recycling gets blown around on windy days, creating litter, says Coun Andrew Tagg
Recycling gets blown around on windy days, creating litter, says Coun Andrew Tagg

The terrible impact plastic waste is having on our rivers and oceans has focused most of us on how we can make a difference.

We can all see how much of the material is laying around our roadsides, parks and other green areas. When looking closely you can see a part of this material is a result of our kerbside recycling process.

The development of kerbside recycling has been a success, enabling Calderdale to achieve one of the highest recycling levels in the country, and a credit to all involved.

However, the process does have an Achilles heel with regard to adding to the plastic litter issue.

Most of us are aware that recycling gets blown around on windy days and the present containers employed are not resilient enough in these conditions, which Calderdale by its geography experiences on numerous occasions.

I have raised the issue with senior officers of the council and we will be reviewing plastic waste issues at the next place scrutiny board on March 1, which I chair.

I have asked officers to look at what other councils do here and possibly abroad to improve our present kerbside system.

We have made a big step forward with recycling.

Now we need to become more creative, take it to next level and prevent litter as a result of the recycling process.