Thursday, January 31, 2013
Victoria's Green Matters - 31st Jan 2013
Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:
There was a very encouraging article in last week's Mercury concerning the proposed closure of the Richborough Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). We all know that if Richborough is closed, there will be more visits to the Deal HWRC in Southwall Road, exacerbating the problem of traffic congestion in this residential area. There could be as many as 60,000 more vehicles using this narrow road over a year.
Campaigners have been trying to save Richborough for the last few months and after a visit by the county council chairman to the site, they are much more hopeful of their success. They have proposed a plan which aims to turn the site into a business, creating re-use shops and generating money for local charities. Kent County Council could use the weighbridge and accept trade waste to create income to help with falling revenues.
Our society today has become very profligate with the world's resources. Not only do we throw away perfectly good furniture and electrical goods, we also throw away food without a second thought as to how it could be used. We spend millions of pounds in this country alone on food which we will never eat whilst there are people who have to rely on food banks because they are hungry and have no money.
The world's resources are finite. If we continue to waste them at the rate we are doing now and the population continues to increase, our world will be a very different and inhospitable place.