Recycling Plan? What a Waste!

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority recently launched the consultation on Greater Manchester's Recycling Plan with important implications for the future of recycling in the area. If you were hoping for a recycling renaissance you will be bitterly disappointed. Manchester Friends of the Earth hoped that there would be a commitment to provide all households in Greater Manchester with a multilateral kerbside collection scheme. Instead the plan appears to have been cobbled together in order to meet the Government's requirement to produce a plan, rather than any strong commitment to radically change the methods of waste management in Greater Manchester.

The plan outlines that Greater Manchester local authorities expect to reach a recycling target of just 22% by 2005. The plan outlines half-hearted paper-only schemes and expensive multimaterial pilot schemes.

Manchester FoE believe that GM authorities need to introduce multimaterial kerbside schemes to all households; if not, it is inevitable that incinerators will be built with Newton Heath and Bredbury being the most likely locations.

As a result of public outrage against incineration in Essex, the authorities there have a strategy to reach 40% recycling and composting by 2004.

Take Action

Write to Cllr Stephen Perkins, GMWDA Chair, 11 Manchester Chambers, Oldham OL1 1LF and demand that GMWDA and GM local authorities draw up a proper recycling plan based on multimaterial kerbside collection.

You could also raise the issue with your Prospective Parliamentary Candidates and ask them to support mulitimaterial kerbside collection schemes.

A copy of the plan you can browse is it at under "R" or call Arnold Ellis at GMWDA on 0161 911 3581 for a paper copy.

Mary Lawson, Manchester FoE (0161 834 8221,

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