The different rates of recycling across Norwich have been revealed after a team from City Hall checked 4,000 homes to see whether they put out their food caddies and boxes for glass.

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In some parts of the city two thirds of people put their food waste out for collection, but in other areas fewer than three per cent of households do so.

The information was found after Norwich City Council established a team to knock on doors around the city, which started in March.

Using information collected from participation surveys after visiting almost 4,000 homes, the team discovered an average of 28pc of households put their food caddies out for collection and 27.5pc used the green boxes for glass collection.

But the surveys showed participation varied dramatically, as low as 3.47pc in Bullard Road in Catton Grove and as high as 66.6pc at Cheyham Mount in Eaton.

City council officers said: “It is clear from these surveys that considerable effort is required on the doorstep to investigate why households are not participating in the services and to encourage them to join in.”

Officers said, from their experience of knocking on doors, that people were not fully aware of how to use the recycling service or did not have the appropriate containers.

Others said they did not use the food caddies because they had run out of liners, others said they were too smelly, some said they composted food waste, while a number simply said they could not be bothered.

After talking to householders, the council’s team has made return visits. The data from that is still being pulled together, but officers say early indications are that there have been “definite improvements” in the use of caddies and boxes following those visits.

Another phase of door knocking is planned for October and November, which will target students who will have just moved into new rented accommodation.

Norwich currently recycles just over 44pc of household waste, the second highest in Norfolk behind Broadland, which is close to 50pc.

What do you think of the city’s recycling service? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

22 comments

  • The less waste is recycled the more incinerators need to be built.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Well well what a surprise! It would have been had the two areas been reversed. Several years ago I was told that the recycling lorry had to return to base more often on certain days dependent on factors obvious from this article. There is a basic lack of something which can not be solved overnight. How about offering cheap sky packages and white lightning in return for improved recycling rates.

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    George Ezekial

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • I personally have to agree the food waste collection is absolute nonsense. I have been emptying ours and we have quite a bit into a compost bin for some 5 years and it's still only half full as it rots away to virtually nothing. So the affect it must have on landfill must be absolutely negligible.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Norwich's rubbish is nothing to do with Norwich City Council. That is what is being said. So if it is nothing to do with the Councillors at the City Council then why should they worry about recycling? Let's have huge heaps of rotting rubbish stinking in the streets a la Naples. And if you dare complain the Councillors can shrug their shoulders and look blank.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • It shows that Norwich CC has failed in informing those who pay for the service, unless they all can't read or are bookies who only care about money. Incineration is not cheaper and that waste in your bin is yours, so who you give it to will decide whats profitable in future. NCC expects us to carry on with putting our waste into their green bins, but they have broken the contract, so now people will change their habits as NCC can't be trusted.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • South Oxfordshire tops recycling table with 70% (letsrecycle.com). Average for Oxfordshire being a rate of 60%.

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    Joyce

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Very little "food waste" about in these austere times, I reckon, and Compost'll make use of parts yer mouth can't.

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • I can understand why the council needs to ask questions about how people are using the services, so that they can learn more about what these figures actually mean. I agree with posters who speak of the importance of reducing landfill volumes. However, for the food waste scheme my household would appear to be 'non-participating' whereas in actual fact we generate no food waste at all that we would not compost ourselves.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • ".........after a team from City Hall checked 4,000 homes to see whether they put out their food caddies and boxes for glass.". Snooping by the council jobsworths, through the back door !.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • I sometimes wonder at the people who leave comments here and what they expect of their 'local' council! Ingo - What contract has been broken? The opportunities are given but people fail to take it up. More work needed in explaining to people methinks. Alecto - The city collects it but the County disposes it. The city as I recall also objected to the incinerator. Why shouldn't it try to encourage people to use alternative methods. Rogers of Norwich - if only that were true! Depending on who does the surveying between £500 and £750 per annum in FOOD waste is thrown out per household. Recession! Daisy Roots - and where do you live? Near the proposed incinerator? I thought not. Do not condemn other people to the by products of yours and others waste!

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    bgt

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Perhaps those who don't use the food caddies have worked out that recycling food waste is a waste of money, energy and potentially risky or even dangerous. We must just hope, for the sake of the livestock industry, that those who have food waste from illegally imported foodstuffs including bush meat are not the types to recycle. Incineration is the most sensible use of food waste.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Ingo may be right about the high rates of recycling in Cambs but this does not mean that collecting and recycling food waste is a justifiable expense. The web site for the Milton facility was saying until recently that non recyclable waste is burned or buried and when I last looked some of the recycled organic material they were producing could not be guaranteed safe for all uses. Now do you want something of dubious safety spread on land where salad or carrot crops might be grown? The ecoblinkered have pushed silly schemes and councils have fallen in line-why burn biomass for power including that specially grown and not food waste? By all means use food waste for gas production but the residue should still be burned and the emissions should be no more of a problem than those from the Sutton installation. Today we see news of the spread of Spanish slugs which have come into the UK on vegetables and fruit. They pose a threat to crops, out grow, out breed and out eat native molluscs and carry parasites which could wipe out rare snails. This is the sort of pest which could be spread by incorrectly composted material And if I am finding tin foil, painted wood and glass in some bags of peat free recycled material compost bought from major retailers I refuse to believe that the process is properly monitored. Those on high horses might like to fret about decent food being wasted but much household waste is that, scraps off plates, peelings, crusts-bones, meat trimmings, chicken carcases. Who checks if meat waste or offal is put in food caddies?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • 3% use the caddies... So about time this stupid idea was dumped

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Thank you, Archant website, for removing the slashes between caddy, box and bin and making me look illiterate.

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    littlesharpie

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Are they assuming that no caddyboxbin out = failing to recycle? What about people who just don't create much? We put our food caddy out maybe once a month, since we rarely have any food waste we cannot compost. It takes us 2-3 months to fill a glass box too. Surely the only way to really tell is to analyse what is put in the waste bin, and see whether any of it could have gone in the other collections. By the reckoning in this article, having a recycling bin full to bursting every fortnight is more desirable than throwing less away overall.

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    littlesharpie

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • bgt, our waste hirarchy was consulted upon and 70% said they want reuse reduce and recycling. Incineration was never an option. NCC has failed to make any moves to increase these three gopals, for ten years. They have limped behind Cambridgeshire which recycles 71%, not willing to set up the infrastructure. Only when it was too late have they included incineration into the melee, their choice not ours, and due to incompetence. Our waste does not belong to NCC, its ours and if we choose private recyclers and keep the money for local precepts, so be it. I would not like to be responsible for polluting Kings Lynn residents any more than they already are polluted. Council taxpayers trusted officers and cllr.s to do the job they failed and ignorant of our mandate, so why should we let them burn our rubbish, what a filthy habit to suggest. If you burn your rubbish in a bin you get prosecuted and this mass burner does nothing special or different.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Have an incinerator - then you won't need to recycle anything! Yeah. Think of the cost reductions then! Result.

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    smithrob

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Waveney manages to recycle almost 70% of waste by keeping the system simple. With just a couple of bins, people will do it, but when the system has different bins for everything, people just cannot be bothered

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    DaveG

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • I think this recycling business is brill. I shudder to think how much we used to put in landfill. I don't have much food waste but I fill my glass and tinny bins with all my beer and wine bottles etc and I keep thinking I must cut down my drinking....

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    oldowl

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • My comment yesterday was that this report might confirm a prejudice which states that there is a hardcore of unreachable residents, it is right that it is not compulsory to recycle. I believe that these people have other needs which are more pressing but all the same the city council should be trying to raise participation in recycling schemes. I can believe that another take on my prejudices is that in one area the residents buy food which gets thrown away and in the other there is very little to be thrown but I do not believe that justifies the disparity between Eaton and Mile Cross.

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    George Ezekial

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • More of worry is the big fat pay check these bin snoops are on...30k for 35 hour week...In these austerity driven times, nuLabour still love to blow our hard earned corn away on further non-producing jobs.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • The slop bucket collection is not compulsory; no matter what the bin stasi -control freaks may imply......anyone who can afford to waste £750 a year on food, must be a banker in their spare time!!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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