Recycle and cut our bills

PUBLISHED: 16:14 18 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

Are we, as ratepayers, missing out? I do see on television and read in the papers that, in the present climate, recyclable items are now much more valuable, making them now highly sort after. In particular, plastic has increased from little to as much as

Are we, as ratepayers, missing out? I do see on television and read in the papers that, in the present climate, recyclable items are now much more valuable, making them now highly sort after. In particular, plastic has increased from little to as much as £250,000 per ton. Is there a point in time when the people of Exmouth realise that we all still throw far too much away each week, which is still going to landfill? This could well be worth a considerable saving to the local authority and, indirectly, help ourselves via the amount of Council Tax we pay.The amount which is being thrown away each collection day could help pay for extra street facilities and not, as it appears, the disappearance of some bins from some streets because of high maintenance costs - or is it because it's thought we are all now much tidier and they are no longer needed?Victoria Road had three bins when I moved here. Now it has only one small bin on a lamppost on one side of the whole length of what is a particularly bad road.I am sure your readers could name areas which have these same problems. In our throw-away society, with many take-away items such as drinks and hamburger-type meals sold each day, must we see empty cans and bottles thrown down at the sides of roads everywhere? Is it not the case we need larger street bins and not fewer, along with the determination to make sure litter louts get the message that there is a fine for dropping their litter?But we have no money or the capability of any enforcement in these matters. We will, no doubt, be told that plastic will, at some stage, be recycled from homes in Exmouth and savings will be made and the point of not having so many bins on the streets is to encourage people to take their rubbish home. In the meantime, some councils have activated policies which are cashing in on what is now a valuable commodity. The cash would help provide the extra facilities we so badly need. Why do we bury our heads in the sand and so lag behind? We throw tons of waste away each week into landfill, while others leave litter all along our lovely coastline or all over our paths and streets. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for turning a blind eye to a problem which is blighting us all. When one can see how much litter is around our supermarkets, which little is ever spoken about, shouldn't we all be concerned that another could be built so near to Exmouth's jewel in the crown - alongside its lovely estuary?A Huett,Exmouth Tidy Group member,14 Shelly Road, Exmouth Quay, Exmouth.

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