Reduce waste

PUBLISHED: 10:24 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SIR, — The collapse in prices for recyclable material, from newspapers to plastics, is clearly a major concern for St Albans District Council, especially as it coincides with the increased local recycling efforts and green bins. However, the dependence on

SIR, - The collapse in prices for recyclable material, from newspapers to plastics, is clearly a major concern for St Albans District Council, especially as it coincides with the increased local recycling efforts and green bins. However, the dependence on these markets simply reinforces the need to not just focus on recycling.

The first step has to be to reduce waste and packaging wherever possible. The amount of packaging that children's toys were wrapped in seemed even worse this Christmas. We could also learn lessons from Europe where, for example, in Germany people can take their own containers to supermarkets to fill up in bulk staple goods.

Our council can help take the lead here by putting pressure on producers and retailers in the district to reduce packaging. Let's try to reduce the amount of stuff we need to recycle in the first place.

PETER EGGLESTON,

St Albans Green Party Parliamentary Candidate.


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