A new report released about the borough of Croydon reveals that recycling is on the rise, which should make a lot of people happy, as less trash ends up in landfills. Recycling has not always been on the fore-mind of most people but in recent years many efforts have been made in order to speed up recycling and make it more practical for people to participate. In fact, some new regulations now make it mandatory for citizens to help the recycling effort, in order to cut down on trashed goods.
The rate of recycling figure is around 47.89% for the period around July to September 2012, which was a 10% increase over the previous year and is a very significant jump. The 12 month figure comes in at 44%. But as new laws take into effect, this is expected to raise dramatically once again. On Tuesday, new compulsory recycling acts came into effect with the hope of changing some of the habits from households around the borough, for the minority who still refuse to recycle.
New recycling officers are set to give advice to residents in sectors that have been identified as priority districts and for the next six months people can expect to see them make rounds in order to make sure the new compulsory order is taken into effect. Recycling also saves money and the council expects to gain an extra £200,000 over a year from the scheme.
Most people already recycle, and the light will shine on the minority who do not. Following many reminder letters, some insist on putting out recyclable material to a trash bin and now a £80 fine will force them to comply. According to Councillor Phil Thomas, the vast majority of residents have been positive about the new action and now the goal will be to put pressure on those who do not take action, following a borough-wide consultation agreement that the council should take action.