Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Householders Get Set to Help Planet

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Householders Get Set to Help Planet

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Every household in the North is to get the chance to preserve the environment.

That's the effect of a new Government Bill requiring councils to provide every home with a doorstep recycling collection service.

Local authorities in the North-East claim they are ahead of the game as they prepare for the Household Waste Recycling Bill - originally drafted by Friends of the Earth.

It will mean every home will have to be given a doorstep collection for at least two recyclable materials by 2010.

FoE say only three councils from the 14 constituencies of Cabinet ministers already have sufficient doorstep recycling. One is Prime Minister Tony Blair's Sedgefield.

County Durham-based Premier Waste Management runs kerbside collections for Chester-le-Street, Durham City and Sedgefield, as well as Gateshead, South Tyneside

and Sunderland - a total around 365,000 households.

It recovers paper, cans, and glass bottles and jars.

Sita Waste Management operates a kerbside system in Newcastle and North Tyneside, while kerbside schemes run by councils cover more than 80,000 out of 140,000 households in Northumberland.

Yesterday it emerged that charities in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland will get a pounds 5,000 windfall thanks to their kerbside schemes.

Although the roll out of the scheme is not yet completed in some areas it has already recycled 5,000 tonnes of waste - a figure that is being matched in cash by Premier Waste Management.

The company has pledged to donate pounds 1 to local good causes for each tonne which is collected.

Gary Whitehead, company director of recycling, said: "Every time anyone in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland puts a bottle, a can, a newspaper or a magazine into their recycling box, they will be helping good causes in their area.

Friends of the Earth's senior waste campaigner Claire Wilton said: "The public has been crying out for an easy way to recycle for years. We are delighted about this powerful new law which should lead to a increase in the UK's recycling rate, still one of the worst in Europe."

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