The Resource Association has welcomed the Surrey Waste Partnership as the 50th local authority signatory to the End Destination of Recycling Charter.
The support of the twelve Surrey authorities in partnership actually takes the Charter to over 60 council signatories.
In a signing ceremony which took place at a recent meeting of the Surrey Waste Partnership, the Chairman of the Partnership Cllr Vivienne Chapman said: “Surrey Waste Partnership has considered the requirements of the End Destination Charter carefully and is pleased to support it.
Chairman of the Partnership Cllr Vivienne Chapman – “We agree with the Resource Association that more can be done to explain clearly to the public where their recycling goes and what actually happens to it”
“We agree with the Resource Association that more can be done to explain clearly to the public where their recycling goes and what actually happens to it. We see this as an important extra step we can take to enthuse and motivate our residents to recycle and offer greater transparency to an information hungry public.”
Joining Cllr Chapman at the signing, Association Chair Andy Doran said: “I am especially pleased to welcome Surrey Waste Partnership as signatories to the Charter. It’s clear that there is a growing mood to deliver greater transparency and more information to the public wherever possible and we’re delighted that our colleagues in Surrey share this view. I urge other councils and local authority partnerships to follow suit.”
Following the signing, Association Chief Executive Ray Georgeson confirmed that the deadline for completing phase 1 of the Charter and producing fresh information on end destination was extended to the end of December 2013.
He commented: “In a workshop session recently, we listened carefully to our council signatories and realised that the end of the year made more sense in terms of validating and preparing the data gathered for publication. We will also be assisting signatories by producing a template for publication and some guidance on good practice, and this will be available to signatories by 1st November.”