|Monday 21 July 1997|
The 1997 Christchurch City Council Residents Survey shows residents are recycling more of their waste, especially glass, newspaper, plastic and clothing.
"This survey proves that residents are becoming more concerned about their environment, by choosing to recycle more of what they no longer have a use for", says Sarah Gordon, Waste Minimisation Officer at the Christchurch City Council.
71% of residents believe Council should do more to encourage the people of Christchurch to recycle. The Council is already acting on this, with the introduction of Kerbside Recycling to start in 1998. Kerbside Recycling had to be delayed from starting in 1997 while markets are developed for recycled goods. Markets are essential to ensure recycling is sustainable.
The survey also revealed that almost two-thirds of all residents take garden waste to transfer stations.
88% of residents consider the Councils weekly rubbish collection as "good" or "very good", a positive increase of 7% from the 81% who said so in 1995.
The survey was conducted in April and May by the Department of Statistics for the Christchurch City Council, asking 803 residents a set of standard, topical questions covering different Council services.
For further information:
Waste Minimisation Officer
Christchurch City Council