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You may have seen some references to Chelmsford in the latest Sky News features on plastic pollution attempting to implicate Chelmsford, and its waste collection services, directly in this national and global issue. Whilst this is a really important issue, it is unfortunate that Sky has chosen to report the presence of a few CCC marked bags found in Hong Kong in isolation, without providing any background and context. Of course the risk, locally, is that this publicity may undermine public confidence in these services and as a consequence reduce their effectiveness. So just to set the record straight:
- Chelmsford City Council has always been an advocate of kerbside separated recycling collections, since the concept of recycling of household waste really came to prominence in 2003, believing that this approach ensures that the vast majority of material collected can then be properly recycled
- The City has one of the most comprehensive kerbside collection services of materials for recycling and composting in the country. As well as the more traditional glass, paper and cans, this collection includes cardboard, all type of plastic containers and food and drink cartons, plastic film, foil, aerosols, textiles and small waste electrical items, as well as separate food waste and garden waste collections
- The kerbside separated collections carried out by the City Council are very effective in producing high quality materials for recycling, free from contamination, which are generally attractive to merchants and re-processors in the recycling sector
- In 2011 the City Council had the foresight to recognise the potential adverse impact that discarded waste plastics could have on the environment, so extended the kerbside household collection, which was then limited to plastic bottles, to include all plastic food packaging, including pots, trays and film, as well as composite food and drink cartons, such as Tetrapak. This has been very successful; removing large amounts of plastic from the general waste stream, giving the opportunity for these to be recycled
- At that time, the City Council also invested over £600,000 in a new material sorting facility at Freighter House – specially designed to help sort plastics collected from kerbside into different types of polymers, as well as separating steel from aluminium, to try to ensure the majority of these materials could go direct to recycling merchants and re-processors
- The majority of HDPE and PET [plastic bottles] collected in Chelmsford are pre-sorted locally and sent to Viridor where it they are cleaned, graded and flaked at a plant in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, before being sent to a re-processor to be re-made into bottles and food containers
- Other plastics are sent to a plant in Rochester, also operated by Viridor, for sorting and onward transfer to a variety of re-processors. Due to current market conditions only some of this mixed plastic will be recycled into similar products, some will be used as ‘energy from waste’ feedstock
Chelmsford City Council is justifiably proud of the recycling and waste collection services that it offers and the investment made to ensure that these services are well used, reliable and appreciated by local residents. The kerbside separated collection system used in Chelmsford ensures that materials collected for recycling are of high quality and free from contamination, which in turn means that wherever possible they can be used for ‘closed loop’ recycling processes. The City Council remains confident that the approach adopted in Chelmsford has the least environmental impact and most value in preserving scarce natural resources, of all recycling practices
Given that many of you are Chelmsford residents or will know people who live in the City, we need to continue to play our part and, where necessary, counter inaccurate reporting to ensure that our recycling services remain as effective and successful as they can be.
Chelmsford City Council
VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SPECIAL CONSTABLE
The Parish Council are seeking to fund a Volunteer Community Special Constable within the Parish.
You would hold the same office and the same powers as regular officers. You would wear the same uniform, carry the same equipment and will be deployed to the same incidents. You will not be paid, but you can claim mileage and duty allowances.
You will need to volunteer at least 16 hours per calendar month, plus time for training. On average a Special Constable in Essex volunteers 24 hours a month.
Special Constables are bound by the policing Code of Ethics and the Standards of Professional Behaviour. These apply whether the officer is on or off duty.
Roger Hirst, the Police and Crime Commissioner has made the commitment to double the size of the Special Constabulary by 2020. This means the force is looking to achieve a headcount of 700 officers. The PCC has also committed to having a Special in every community.
If you are interested in this position you can apply via the police website: https://www.essex.police.uk/join-the-police/special-constabulary or please contact Julie Moule on email@example.com or phone 01268-710820.
The recruitment process involves a fitness test, a test to check basic literacy and numeracy skills and a structured interview. Subject to success in this process applicants undergo a medical and extensive vetting.
Successful applicants will then undertake initial training at Essex Police Headquarters. They have the option to take part in an intensive 3 week course or to undertake their training on 7 weekends spread over a 14 week period.
DO YOU HAVE A PRIVATE PUMPING STATION?
We may have some good news for those of your parishioners who have a private pumping station on their property, and have not yet registered it with Anglian Water.
Currently, homeowners spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.
As of 1 October 2016, many of these private pumping stations automatically transferred over to Anglian Water and became our responsibility. We have taken over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money.
We’d like to ask for your support in letting local residents know about this, and asking them to get in touch with us if they think they have a private pumping station.
To help customers identify and report the pumping stations, further information can be found: www.anglianwater.co.uk/privatepumpingstation
If you have any questions about this campaign, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any other queries, please contact our Public Affairs Team on email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your support.Anglian Water Private Pumping Stations Campaign Team