Dear Councillor (insert name),
As a supporter of Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s Waste isn’t Rubbish campaign and one of your constituents, I am writing to ask that you also support the campaign by signing their on-line petition.
Birmingham’s waste contract with Veolia ends in four years and the city council is deciding what to do about our waste and Birmingham Friends of the Earth is proposing that we start a city wide food collection so that our food waste can be reused. Their ultimate aim is for Birmingham to become a zero waste city and with a food waste collection, recycling will increase and residual waste will decrease, bringing us closer to a zero waste Birmingham.
(In this section use the bullet points as a guide)
- Birmingham regularly bottom of league for recycling in the Midlands
- Only recycles 30% compared to 50% in the rest of the Midlands and 60% in Wales
- 40% of our residual waste could be composted or recycled but is instead burned in the incinerator
- Burning the rubbish doesn’t help with the city’s air quality
- Separating food waste means that recyclable resources do not get contaminated so more recycling
- Food Waste can be turned into bio-gas and fertiliser and used for the gas grid or used to power buses or vans
- 60% of local authorities have food waste collections including Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
Birmingham does not have a great track record for recycling, and as a city it is regularly bottom of the league in the Midlands. In contrast to the rest of the Midlands, Birmingham only recycles 30% of its waste compared to rest of the Midlands which recycles 50%, and Wales 60%! The idea of a food waste collection is not new, as 60% of local authorities already collect food waste, including our neighbours Wolverhampton and Sandwell. If they can do it why can’t we? Imagine the possibilities of what food waste collection could do for Birmingham. We could stop burning our rubbish which is damaging Birmingham’s air quality, we could turn it into bio-gas and fertiliser for the gas grid or use it to power our buses and vans. If we had food waste collection, 40% of our residual waste can be composted or recycled and separating food from our rubbish means that recyclables will not be contaminated and recycling will increase. If we increase our recycling we will catch up with the rest of our Midlands neighbours and perhaps surpass them in the future.
What are we asking for?
I want Birmingham to be a zero waste city and food waste collection would be a positive step towards this. I would like for you to join in asking Birmingham City Council to:
- Make it easier for people to recycle food waste, providing a food waste collection and more support for home and community composting
- Make it easier for people to recycle more types of waste from home
- Use local companies to process our waste
So Birmingham City Council can close the Tyseley incinerator.
Please register your support for the campaign and help push Birmingham closer to becoming a zero waste city.
(insert your name)