Waste Consultation Survey

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Recycling

Recycling has become an important part of people’s daily lives. By recycling, we can conserve natural resources like trees, sand and fossil fuels, all of which are finite. It also allows us to reuse resources that have already been extracted from our environment, reducing the negative impact of our waste. Recycling has a smaller carbon footprint than refuse, with less CO2 emissions and air pollution than incineration or landfill. And last but not least the recycling industry creates jobs. At least 50,000 new UK jobs could be created by 2025 if the UK target of recycling 50% of our waste is reached. Thurrock Council furthermore has a legal obligation to ensure that we achieve the recycling targets outlined in the Waste Strategy.

Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'I see myself as someone who recycles'.
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Some boroughs have used reward schemes to encourage residents to recycle more. These schemes are app or web based and are designed to motivate you to recycle by providing rewards of different sorts, from vouchers to discounted products.

Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'I think a scheme like this would encourage me to recycle (more)'.
Some boroughs use enforcement actions including fines to try and stop residents from putting the wrong items in their recycling bins.

Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'I think that enforcement actions would make me more likely to recycle (more)'.
Separating different materials means that the quality of recycling is likely to be higher. This can reduce the cost of disposing of recycling for local authorities. This also has a positive impact on the environment, as it ensures that a material has as many recycling ‘lives’ as possible.

Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'I am prepared to separate my recycling into different bins (e.g. separating glass from other recycling like paper)'.
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Currently, the range of materials collected as dry recycling in Thurrock includes paper, card, glass, plastics and metals (tins).

Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'The range of recycling services in Thurrock makes it easy for residents to recycle these items'.
There is a range of other household items that can also be recycled. Some of these you may already be taking to charity shops or clothing banks, e.g. old clothes and battery-operated toys.

If the following recycling services were available from your home, how frequently would you use them?
There is a range of other household items that can also be recycled. Some of these you may already be taking to charity shops or clothing banks, e.g. old clothes and battery-operated toys. <br> <br> <i> If the following recycling services were available from your home, how frequently would you use them?</i> Weekly or more frequently Fortnightly Monthly Once every three months Once every six months Once a year or less frequently I would not use this recycling service Don't know
Batteries (such as household batteries)
Textiles
Small electrical items
Are there any other recycling services that you would use?
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How frequently would you use this service?
Food and garden waste can also be recycled. We currently collect garden and food waste together which is then sent to be composted and turned into soil conditioner. When food or garden waste is sent to landfill, it decomposes to produce methane, a harmful greenhouse gas and a big contributor to climate change.

Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'I see myself as someone who recycles food and garden waste'.
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Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'I would be willing to recycle my food waste in a separate bin from my garden or general waste'.
Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'I would separate my food waste if the council would provide me with a kitchen caddie and a larger external food waste container for food recycling'.
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