Monday, 21 April 2003

Door Step Recycling – One Step Closer

Late last year 20 MPs were given the chance of each introducing a Bill to Parliament. Friends of the Earth decided to ask the MPs to adopt the Door Step Recycling Bill. If passed as a new law it would see the introduction of special bins at each home in the country for collecting different recyclable materials.

As Richard Allan Lib Dem MP for Sheffield Hallam was one of the selected twenty, several local group members wrote letters asking for his support. Richard replied to Sheffield Friends of the Earth with a positive and encouraging letter. A copy of the Richard Allan’s letter is available on our website at:
mysite.freeserve.com/sheffieldfoe

The Bill was actually introduced to Parliament by Joan Ruddock Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford so Richard Allan was able to vote for a different Bill. In January, Friends of the Earth will be doing more lobbying work to get the Bill passed as a new Law.

Door Step Recycling Facts:

A majority of 330 MPs signed EDM 186 and EDM 46 in support of doorstep recycling nation-wide
9/10 people in England and Wales would recycle if it was made easier an Environment Agency survey revealed in May this year

The expansion of recycling would provide tens of thousands of jobs, reduce demand for raw materials, cut emissions of Greenhouse gases and reduce pressure for unpopular and environmentally damaging new landfill sites and incinerators. It would also mean we could catch up with recycling levels of our European neighbours.

The Doorstep Recycling Bill, sponsored by Joan Ruddock MP, calls for local authorities to provide a doorstep recycling and composting service to every household by 2010 and for more money to provide this service. The Bill is essential to increase our recycling rate from a miserable 12% to the 50% already achieved by many European countries

It has the support of a majority of MPs, 150 local authorities and over100 organisations, including Friends of the Earth, the Community Recycling Network, Greenpeace, Help the Aged and Unison. The Prime Minister's Strategy Unit published its review of the current waste strategy in November 2002. The review provides a welcome boost to waste minimisation and recycling but it fails on several accounts:            
  1. It does not put a brake on the building of massive incinerator
  2. It does not provide enough money for recycling.
  3. It does not set a statutory target of 50% recycling by 2010