HoTT started a recycling initiative in mid 2017 to encourage more local interest in recycling / upcycling as part of our sustainable low-carbon living drive. The HoTT Recycling Group was set up to promote local awareness in the Holme Valley of our need to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE the wastes we all produce. The aims and objectives of the group are to:
- Campaign for better recycling by Kirklees Council – lobby for the Council to be more ambitious with its recycling targets – household recycling rates have fallen from over 40% to less than 30% of waste collected. Kirklees is no longer the showcase green ‘beacon’ authority it use to be!
- Raise local recycling awareness – collate and publish information on what wastes can be recycled in the Holme Valley, in addition to what the Council collect
- Promote recycling on local social media sites e.g. Facebook – a group member has recently set up Facebook group for local recycling – Holmfirth Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, with 250+ members and lots of posts/comments. Click for Facebook page
- Initiate and support local community recycling projects
- Support local plastics reduction initiatives – follow up the high public interest now in plastics pollution and plastics recycling, following the Blue Planet programme on ocean plastics pollution.
- Promote recycling at local events e.g Holmfirth Food & Drink festival in September, with stall and information stand.
- Organise visits to local waste management and recycling facilities to learn from these – HoTT visits were undertaken to the Kirklees Recycling and Energy Recovery facility on the Leeds Road, to the Oxfam Wastesaver textile warehouse at Batley and the new Veolia Recycling and Energy Recovery facility in Leeds.
- Connect with local recycler/upcycler businesses