West Berkshire Council

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Plastic waste in West Berkshire

We, the undersigned, petition the Council to 1. Improve the environmental solutions for single-use plastics, including the collection and recycling of domestic plastic waste within West Berkshire. 2. Provide more effective communication on the environmental solutions for single-use plastics, including the collection and recycling of domestic plastic waste within West Berkshire. 3. Improve research into alternative and more ecological approaches to managing domestic plastic waste within West Berkshire.

As a resident of West Berkshire I am very concerned at the low level of plastic recycling which is collected in West Berkshire and challenge the council to improve this situation. I am also concerned about the council’s use of incineration to dispose of plastics, when far less polluting, effective and efficient processes are available and used by other councils.

Some local residents have tried to compensate by offering collection points at their homes and then driving cars full of plastics to collection bins at Sainsbury’s in Reading. This is not sustainable, and these people and businesses have become overrun with the volume of plastics being deposited, posing significant issues in terms of storage, handling and health risks.

Many councils, e.g. Stroud, Gloucester and Oxford, have excellent kerbside collections and transparency in terms of their contracts and recycling policy, including what happens to the plastics post collection. I would like to see West Berkshire Council taking a lead in, and communicating clearly, environmental solutions which directly impact our community and the wider environment.

This ePetition ran from 31/07/2019 to 04/09/2019 and has now finished.

2356 people signed this ePetition.