Communication with residents about new recycling collection plans in Lichfield and Burntwood should have been better, a councillor has said.

Lichfield District Council will move to a new dual-stream recycling system from April 2022.

The move will see residents use a bag to store paper and cardboard, while their blue bins remain in place for glass and plastic containers.

Cllr Steve Norman, leader of the Labour opposition group, said the local authority should have been clearer with residents over how the system would work in practice.

“Communications have not been good so far.

“The simple thing would have been to describe the blue bag as opposed to people thinking it’s going to be a paper bag blowing everywhere.

“There are simple things that could have been done.”

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

Cllr Norman said he hoped a new task group would help tackle the “hard sell” to residents of explaining why recycling needed to be split.

Steve Norman

But he said households needed to play their part in helping increase recycling rates.

“There is a need for people to do more themselves – the council can’t do everything for them.

“There is no company that wants to take the recycling in the way they have in the past.

“Hopefully the cabinet member responsible will benefit from the input of the task group.”

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

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  1. Along with the understandable separation of paper and other recyclables, the Council needs to distribute full information regarding exactly what plastic will be recycled. Packaging isn’t always marked well enough. What about wrap round plastic labels on milk cartons etc etc. Manufacturers and retailers should ensure clear labelling but many don’t. Most people will recycle but we need the council to give us clear specific advice particularly about plastics. We all recognise the environmental damage caused by plastic, recycling should be its own reward but……. Does the council receive income from recycling.? Does the council have to pay for the disposal of contaminated loads? Tell us about the financial incentives of good recycling. If our councillors take us with them, more of us will be likely to make the effort. Don’t treat us like mushrooms!!

  2. Our household has more volume of paper cardboard etc than plastic glass tins etc. The proposed bag will be full in less than a week! So what do we do with the rest put it into black bin?

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