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No help to recycle in Tower Hamlets

A London borough has been accused of showing little interest in how material is recycled.

Tower Hamlets Community Recycling Consortium have just bought premises covering 24,000 square feet to recycle waste locally and to provide jobs in a deprived area, with authorities seemingly unwilling to help.

Consortium director Bernard Rees said: "We have the premises and want to collect as much household waste as possible. It is non-profit, but we can't find any incentives, no practical support at all. There seems to be no help available in Tower Hamlets."

They aim to ensure as much household waste is recycled as possible, realising that this cannot happen unless innovation takes place.

The consortium has designed and manufactured a dedicated high rise door-to-door recycling vehicle that can go up lifts and do doorstep sorting of recycled materials. They have also designed a recycling winch for removing recyclable items from blocks of flats.

Rees continued: "We could process up to 80,000 tonnes of waste here, it would save it being sent all the way to China or other foreign places. We can collect and do the full service, making sure it is processed locally. It has all sorts of potential, but everything seems to go outside the borough."

The move would see jobs and training provided and another socially minded policy of the highest paid employee not being given more than double the wage of the lowest paid.

"We have a captive audience, no transport costs and it would be a massive boost for such a deprived area. By offering jobs and business opportunities for the people of Tower Hamlets it will greatly improve the area. But we receive no help, authorities don't seem to care, they would rather our waste be recycled elsewhere."

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