Big differences in Norwich’s recycling rates revealed
14:36 03 July 2012
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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.
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.
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