Stockport Council Launch Campaign to up Recycling Rates

Stockport Council has launched its Recycling and Environmental campaign aimed at making Stockport the best in the North West for recycling and clean public spaces.  The initiative by Stockport’s Labour-led Council has seen the Council join with Keep Britain Tidy to carry out this campaign over the next few months. Waste disposal costs Stockport £21m a year. Over the last 7 years Stockport has consistently been one of the top performing UK authorities when it comes to recycling. However, recycling rates have slipped back from their peak.  This campaign will aim to encourage people to recycle even more, persuade people who don’t recycle to do so and provide schools and businesses with support and encouragement to recycle for the sake of the environment – whilst also reducing costs. A second part of the campaign involves clean public spaces. KBT surveys show that 74% of people asked say that dog fouling is something they are most concerned about.   Clearing up other people’s fly-tipped rubbish has cost Local Authorities across the country more than £58m a year.  83% of people asked say that they care about their environment and are concerned about litter on their streets and green spaces. There will be campaigns targeted at all these issues, to raise awareness and to encourage even more residents to take a pride in their environment. Cllr Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “Stockport is where we live, where local children go to school, where businesses choose to be. “It is in everyone’s interests we make Stockport an even better, safer and cleaner place to live and work, and we should all be up for the challenge.” “The aims of this campaign – through increasing recycling and targeting fouling and littering, do exactly that.  I want to thank Keep Britain Tidy for working with us toward this. “     ENDS