Television personality, Richard Madeley, has criticised Cornwall Council’s waste and recycling system, claiming the assortment of multi-coloured rubbish bags is causing his beloved corner of the county to become a “disgrace”.
The former This Morning presenter is one of 250,000 households forced to separate paper into blue bags, cardboard into orange sacks, glass into a black plastic box, plastics and tin into a red bag and garden waste into a brown wheelie bin – with a black bag for ‘non-recyclable’ waste.
The 56-year-old said: “It is really awful to see all these coloured bags and boxes littering our countryside.”
Cornwall Council is the latest local authority to introduce more separate bin collections in order to boost EU-imposed recycling targets.
Environmentalists claim the ‘kerbside collection’ will save carbon and money by separating the materials, making recycling much easier and valuable.
Mr Madeley has said that it is leading to different coloured bins littering one of the most popular tourist spots in the UK as residents wait for their collections. At his holiday home in Talland Bay near Looe, where he stays with his wife Judy Finnigan and family, he said the system is destroying the beautiful countryside.
“It is a disgrace and I’m furious that this has been allowed to happen,” added Mr. Madeley.
An increasing number of councils are insisting that residents must separate their recycling into five or more bins in order to meet EU-imposed targets to recycle, compost or re-use 50% of waste by 2020.