Good pun, but not a good argument

PUBLISHED: 14:14 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

I entirely agree with Mrs Eves' ideas (Letters, January 9) about recycling non-food items that are simply thrown away, but why doesn't she use the same argument about kitchen waste? She asks what is the big deal on collecting kitchen waste?" adding food

I entirely agree with Mrs Eves' ideas (Letters, January 9) about recycling non-food items that are simply thrown away, but why doesn't she use the same argument about kitchen waste?She asks "what is the big deal on collecting kitchen waste?" adding "food is the cleanest waste of all ...to say it will add to our landfill sites is rubbish". A good pun, Mrs Eves, but not a good argument.As a result of the ending of Otter Rotters' collection, 65 tons of extra food waste must now be dumped on landfill. All of this was previously recycled as compost. Much more could be home-composted.If the figure is magnified for households throughout East Devon it must be thousands of tons of unnecessary waste and environmental pollution. It is not used, Mrs Eves; it is simply added to the toxic cocktail that is landfill. As for food waste being 'the cleanest', try living near it in high summer or ask the Otter Rotter workers who had the job of recycling it! Yet that very smell could also provide energy.I find it incredible that having attracted European support, then put into action over 12 months, then proved successful, the Alchemy Project has not been followed through. Whatever happened to the much lauded "partnership" agreements between Government, councils and independent sectors? Whatever happened to recycling targets or concerns for the environment? No wonder surveys suggest people - especially young people - are becoming more worried as to whether our dear earth - which we all depend on - will survive. Well done Otter Rotters, but come on Joan Ruddock MP (whom I know and to whom I have written) and East Devon District Council and get your act together! And please, Honiton councillors, put pressure on all parties to support more recycling and sustainable energy before it is too late. It would make a good New Year resolution.Tony SimpsonAshleigh Road Honiton

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