We must do more

IN response to your unnamed correspondent singing the ‘blue bin blues’ last week, I’m one of the members of Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth who, supported by Alnwick Town Council and the County Council, volunteered to put stickers onto most of the blue bins around Alnwick.

This is to make it clearer what people can recycle here. You should always follow the instructions on your bin, not on your packaging, when deciding what can be recycled.

Otherwise, there is a risk of contamination reducing the value of the materials – this makes waste collection more expensive for everyone.

However, I agree that in Northumberland, as in most of the UK, we could do a lot better. Switzerland, The Netherlands and Germany all recycle more than 60 per cent of their waste, while Northumberland only manages 40 per cent, around the UK average.

The Government is carrying out a waste review right now to set new future commitments for recycling, so it’s a great time to to ask them to aim higher – or maybe even to produce less packaging in the first place.

You can send a message from the Friends of the Earth website at www.foe.co.uk/waste.

Alternatively, get in touch and we can send you a postcard to complete.

David Farrar,

Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth