COUNCIL officials plan to step up their war on packaging.
Kirklees Council has vowed to increase the amount of waste sent for recycling and also to put pressure on companies to cut packaging.
A report by the Local Government Association has revealed that 40% of supermarket food packaging cannot be easily recycled.
This packaging will contribute towards the £1.8bn landfill tax expected to be levied on councils between 2008 and 2011 and will, in turn, be passed on to council taxpayers across the country.
Kirklees Council provides a recycling collection service to 97% of households and is aiming to reach all homes in the near future.
Green wheeled bins are provided for recycling paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, food tins and drink cans. Over a third of all homes also have a recycling service for glass.
Despite this, we produce 4,000 tonnes of packaging waste that currently cannot be recycled, due to the high cost of sorting such materials or lack of a market outlet for the recycled materials.
Clr Molly Walton, Cabinet member for the environment, said: “Working with our waste disposal contractor Sita Kirklees Ltd we are constantly looking to increase the range of materials that can be collected for recycling.
“However, recycling is not the only solution. We need to look at minimising the waste we produce and reducing the amount of packaging around products is an obvious place to start.
“We need to work with local supermarkets and retailers, as well as residents and if everybody plays their part we can make a big collective difference.
“One initiative is our campaign to encourage people to re-use their shopping bags and make single-use plastic carrier bags less-easily available.
“Following the success of events last year, we will shortly launch our campaign for 2009 and be working closely with other Yorkshire authorities to look at reducing the amount of household waste in the region.
“Supermarkets will be key to helping us achieve this objective and we hope to work alongside them.”
For further information on recycling please contact Alison Lowe on 01484 223116.