Plain talking campaign tackles trash talking

A campaign has been launched aimed at convincing waste bosses to adopt universal terminology across the industry.

Campaigners are fighting for some 'clearer' terms to help residents struggling with the difference between a Municipal Refuse Facility and a Community Recycling Centre.

The Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR) is today (July 1) calling for 'clearer terminology' to describe collection methods and materials.

The campaign believes better definitions will help householders, media and politicians understand the implications of local authority decisions.

Chair of the campaign, Mal Williams, said: "There has been some confusion of terms in the past and as more and more people and organisations tune in to the need for quality in recycling, clearer terms are needed.

"Nearly all householders put their recyclables in a receptacle of some kind outside the house and there is a subsequent need for sorting of the material.

"That much is common to almost all systems and the effort from the householder is much the same.

"We make the point that some systems allow for quality control and feedback at the kerb, which results in better quality material.

"It seems logical to us to say kerb-sorted and MRF-sorted, which neatly describes both the systems and the materials in one go, and this is what we recommend."

Chair of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee, Joy Blizzard, said: "This is a helpful suggestion and I hope it will bring some clarity to an issue that has been surrounded by a lot of complex terminology."

Luke Walsh



Waste & resource management
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