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FOI 12900

Re-cycling

Request

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details relating to how your organisation deals with recycling of materials collected from households and businesses. Including what particular types of materials are recycled and
which are not.


Could you please also provide information about your recycling strategy and policy, and how the recycling scheme is communicated to the public (along with details of any associated communications plan/strategy), and education regarding recycling providedto schools/public.


If possible could you also include any further information as to what is done to aid litter prevention/litterpicking initiatives.


I would be grateful if you would supply this information in the form of download or via e-mail.


If I can help to further clarify this request please do not hesitate to contact me.

Response

Freedom of Information Request ref 12898

Following your Freedom of Information request please find detailed below the responses to your questions:-


1. How do we deal with recycling of materials collected from households and businesses. Including what particular types of materials are recycled and
which are not.

• Domestic waste - Kerbside collection service for dry co-mingled ( paper, card, plastics and cans), mixed glass, textiles, food waste and garden waste.
• Trade waste - Kerbside collection for dry co-mingled and mixed glass.
• Co-mingled recyclables are delivered to a material recycling facility.
• Glass is delivered to a processor.
• Food waste and garden waste are delivered to processors.
• Textiles are collected by a third party for re-use/recycling.

2. Could you please also provide information about your recycling strategy and policy, and how the recycling scheme is communicated to the public (along with details of any associated communications plan/strategy), and education regarding recycling provided to schools/public.

• Brentwood support the ‘Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Essex ( 2007-2032), led by Essex County Council, and the strategy is now subject to review.
• Recycling is promoted via road shows and presentations are given to local schools (mainly to year 6 and year 7 pupils) the recycling presentations are usually in conjunction with litter awareness and litter pick session; and other interested parties (such as Woman Institute, Scout and Guide groups – where staff resources allow), on waste, recycling and street care/litter awareness
• Details of what and how things are recycled in Brentwood are also on our website www.brentwood.gov.uk We also deliver annually supplies of orange recycling sacks (starter packs then residents can collect free from Town Hall and Libraries etc), alongside a flyer advising of what can be recycled in each stream and what can not – i.e. glass in red box supplied, dry recyables in the orange sacks provided, food waste in food waste caddy provided, garden waste in garden bio bags or lease brown bins and any thing else that can not be recycled needs to go in the black sack off to landfill

3. Further information as to what is done to aid litter prevention/litter picking initiatives.

• We have given presentations to schools on litter awareness involving a talk/activities and include a physical litter pick so that the pupils understand how much litter there is around there school.
• We work alongside the Cleaner Green Group (14 Essex Local Authorities) on the Love Essex Litter campaigns for the past three years which involves a public launch, adverts on buses/petrol stations/ banners generically across Essex, plus then each authority runs local litter picks, road shows etc subject to their own resources. The campaign is run with partners such as MacDonald’s, Dominos, Tesco, Keep Britain Tidy, etc who also have posters/stickers etc in there stores and get involved in litter picks. The campaign this years commences on 15 August for 6 weeks. We have regular meetings with this group to discuss matters such as litter, fly tipping etc and sharing good practice. Keep Britain Tidy sends a representative to this meeting.
Took part in the Clean for the Queen campaign earlier this year and supplied equipment and collected rubbish collected by local community groups and Parish Councils etc . We also supply equipment and collect rubbish when Parish Councils etc request when doing own community litter