The government has announced plans to try to increase the proportion of items which are recycled. They are promising a weekly collection of food waste although how expensive this might be, and what impact it may have on the operation of the North Yorkshire waste incinerator, remains to be explained.
Rightly the government is focusing on plastics. There is still much more that can be done to take plastics out of the waste stream. One idea is to make sellers responsible for the recycling of packaging.
In York we have seen at least one step backwards in recent years as shops like Cartridge World have ceased trading. Most toner cartridge sales are now made over the internet with few companies offering a return service of single empty cartridges.
The York Councils “A to Z” of recycling lists only one outlet where empty cartridges can be taken for reuse (Office Outlet on Foss Island Road ) although there are other like Tesco on Tadcaster Road which are not publicised.
It really does little to help the environment if people must drive several miles to recycle relatively small items
The Council needs to update its web site and modernise signage at Hazel Court.
The plan to establish a Reuse and Salvage centre also needs to be revived. It was scrapped by the Labour controlled Council in 2011.
A more enthusiastic approach to using street scrap merchants might also result in less waste.