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We’re not wasting public money promoting recycling

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, CONTRARY to last week’s article, spending money on increasing Tower Hamlets’ recycling rates is money well spent. Not only does it save the council and taxpayers’ money in the long-run, but safeguards the environment for future generations

Dear Editor,

CONTRARY to last week’s article, spending money on increasing Tower Hamlets’ recycling rates is money well spent (Recycle row boils up over lamppost tactic, East London Advertiser, November 20).

Not only does it save the council and taxpayers’ money in the long-run, but safeguards the environment for future generations.

Thanks to the positive response to our We Can Recycle More’ campaign, in the first month alone households have recycled 1,200 tonnes of waste—a record for Tower Hamlets.

The campaign to encourage people to recycle more is costing just over a penny a week for each resident for the year. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that this modest investment in the campaign will more than pay for itself over the coming months.

It makes financial sense as well as environmental sense for Tower Hamlets to spend a modest sum to encourage more people to recycle. The campaign does not lecture them, but shows the positive contributions that they can make.

The recycling performance figures quoted were out of date for the whole year from April 2007 to March this year.

Since then we’ve improved recycling and introduced new services including garden and food waste recycling. This is all backed up by the carefully-costed We Can Recycle More’ campaign which is money well spent.

Cllr Abdal Ullah (Lab)

Cabinet member for the Environment

Tower Hamlets Council

Town Hall, Blackwall

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Editor: The out of date’ yearly figures mentioned by Cllr Ullah are current Government statistics, released only this month, putting Tower Hamlets at the very bottom of the local authority national recycling league table for the second year running.

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