Changing Behaviour Crucial Piece Of Recycling “Jigsaw” – Tony Juniper

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aXYOFmOvh0&w=472]Speaking in an exclusive video interview with CIWM Journal Online, environmentalist and president for the Society for the Environment, Tony Juniper says that changing the behavior of the public when it comes to recycling is a “crucial piece of the jigsaw”. 

Speaking after chairing the opening debate on day one of the CIWM & ESA Conference, Juniper said that it’s necessary to get people to buy into recycling and that the UK needs to learn from good practice that is happening all over the world, where up to 70 percent of recycling is being achieved.

“It’s a combination of incentives and disincentives, of spreading the message around, but crucially making it easy for people to do the right thing,” he said.

He said that it then comes down to the “political will” of whether those policies and measures will be put in place.

“In this country, unfortunately, we’re nowhere near doing that yet,” he said.

Laura Sandys MP, Conservative, who took part in the opening debate on waste and resource management beyond 2015, said that people shouldn’t be squeezed into a waste management programme.

Tony Juniper – “It’s a combination of incentives and disincentives, of spreading the message around, but crucially making it easy for people to do the right thing”

“We need to design the waste management programme around human beings,” she said.

Sandys also said that a point needed to made of making sure that people understand the benefits of recycling – financially and environmentally.

“I don’t think that message has been conveyed very effectively,” she said.

Roger Williams MP, Liberal Democrats, stressed that the message of recycling needs to be taught at an early age.

Williams also took part in the debate session on waste and resource management beyond 2015.

He also said that consumers need to send a strong message to retailers about cutting down on unnecessary packing.

By way of incentives, Sandys said that councils who are “making good money” from recycling should reflect this in residents council tax bills so that everyone can see what the up side to recycling is.

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