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Rubbish truck roadshow launches in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 18:30 16 August 2016

Launch of recycling drive in Barking town centre. with a tonne of waste.
Cllr Lynda Rice, and Cllr Saima Ashraf, with the one tonne tour truck.

Launch of recycling drive in Barking town centre. with a tonne of waste. Cllr Lynda Rice, and Cllr Saima Ashraf, with the one tonne tour truck.

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Residents are being encouraged to bin their wasteful habits as a tour of their annual household rubbish launched earlier today.

The “one tonne tour” will involve a rubbish truck transporting a mountain of waste around the borough, highlighting how residents chuck more here than anywhere else in the capital.

Cllr Lynda Rice, cabinet member for environment and street scene, helped kick off the tour at Barking Market.

“Barking and Dagenham residents produce more rubbish than other Londoners,” she said.

“If we reduce our waste by just six per cent each year by 2020 the council could save up to £2 million.

“So we’ve launched this one tonne tour to hammer home how much rubbish we produce and encourage residents to reduce waste.”

The tour chimes in with the council’s four year waste strategy consultation which runs until this Friday.

The strategy looks at trying to tackle behaviour around recycling. The borough currently wastes six per cent more than Newham, 28 pc more than Redbridge and a massive 42 pc more than Havering.

Barking and Dagenham Council will aim to combat this, with council staff and charity partners providing tips on recycling and reusing household items such as furniture and clothing throughout the three-week tour.

Cllr Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said they “cannot afford to ignore these issues”. “We’ll be doing everything we can to encourage residents to help clean up the borough and improve recycling.

“But we will have to start getting tougher on excess waste too – it’s too important not to.”

The stops will include:

Thursday, August 18: 11am-3pm, St Chads Park

Thursday, August 25: 8am-4.30pm, Asda, Chadwell Heath

Wednesday, August 31: 11am-3pm, Barking Park

Monday, September 5: 8am-4.30pm, Iceland, Dagenham Heathway

Go to lbbd.gov.uk to take part in the consultation.

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