An appeal has been made to residents in Tendring to help boost recycling rates.

There is concern that the District is regularly failing to meet its target of 29 per cent of household waste being sent for reuse, recycling or composting. In the last eight months where figures are recorded that has been achieved only twice with 35.1 per cent last May and 29.2 in September. The lowest figure over the period was 26.7 per cent.

Michael Talbot, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said that he finds the situation very frustrating.

“When I look around the area on collection day I see lots of black sacks outside homes but these all end up going to landfill,” he said. “I do not see many of the recycling caddies that we provide residents and that is very disappointing.”

Cllr Talbot said that much had been made of birds – especially seagulls – pulling open black bags to search for food. He agreed that was an issue but said that food should not be in the sacks in the first place and if it was in the food caddies the birds would not be able to get to it.

“Therefore should we be blaming the seagulls or the people who are not using the receptacles being provided for them by the Council,” he said. “I wonder if when the black bags are withdrawn as part of the service whether it will mean that residents are more conscientious and will use the caddies for food waste as they should do.”

Cllr Talbot said he found it disappointing that recycling rates were consistently below target and it was something that must be addressed. Recycling roadshows will be heading for Asda in Dovercourt on February 26; Frinton Triangle on March 11; the Co-op store in Manningtree on March 16 and Clacton’s Waterglade Retail Park on March 23.

Anyone wanting more information can contact the Recycling Team on 01255 686888 or by emailing

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