Recycling survey gets poor response from Slough residents

Less than 1% of residents responded to the ‘Let’s Talk Waste’ consultation which ran from August to October 2013, but Slough Borough Council remained upbeat about the results.

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Slough Borough Council revealed a disappointing response to its first major consultation on the borough’s waste and recycling services since the red bin service was introduced in 2007.

Just 781 residents responded online, via the Citizen newspaper and at various MyCouncil locations across Slough – despite an adult population of nearly 100,000 revealed by the 2011 census.

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- 69 percent of respondents said they recycle all they can.
- 77 percent feel it’s very important to recycle.
- 94 percent want to recycle plastic pots, tubs, cartons and foil.
- 84 percent would support local ‘bring banks’ for small electrical appliances and separate coloured glass.

More than half of respondents said they’d be willing to separate food waste from their household waste – an increase from the 2007 consultation – but a quarter were still unsure about introducing a food recycling service – already available in Bucks.

And more than half of respondents said waste generated in Slough should be recycled within 50 miles of it, reinforcing the importance of good infrastructure and prominent recycling facilities within the borough.

Cllr Satpal Parmar, commissioner for parks and open spaces with a responsibility for waste and recycling, said:

It’s reassuring to know that residents care about what happens to the items they put in their bins and I’m glad people have had their say on how we build a cleaner, greener Slough for everyone. I look forward to the publication of the new strategy.

And Nick Hannon, waste and environment manager, thanked residents for using the scheme and completing the consultation and said the feedback had been invaluable in providing a steer for the forthcoming waste strategy.

The results will feed into the final waste strategy for 2014 – 2029 expected to go to Cabinet for approval in the summer.

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