An independent Peterborough charity has called for “long-term behaviour change” with regards to how residents dispose of their waste.
The Peterborough Environment City Trust is looking to push the city towards establishing itself as the UK’s environment capital.
The Trust was set up after Peterborough’s designation in 1992 as one of four UK environment cities.
In response to the brown bin report by Peterborough City Council and debate between councillors on Tuesday night, the Trust wants to see greater awareness in the city to make sure waste is disposed of correctly.
A statement for the Trust read: “Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is keen to support the city in establishing itself as the UK’s environment capital to improve the overall quality of life of its people, communities and environment.
“One vital principle in achieving this aspiration is ‘zero waste.’
“The correct disposal of waste, and recycling or re-using wherever possible, is something we encourage and hope to raise awareness of throughout the city.”
Echoing calls made by councillors, the Trust is arguing that more can be done to educate residents on how they dispose of their waste.
The council’s review revealed that over 60 per cent of waste put in black bins could instead be placed into containers to collect recyclable and compostable waste.
The Trust added: “Findings have shown that a percentage of waste found in black bins could be recycled or composted, and this is an on-going issue and one that is about long-term behaviour change.
“PECT aims to help raise awareness of how households can decrease waste levels and we currently run eco-education in schools and Greeniversity classes on composting.
“On February 16-22 we will be running Zero Waste Week and will be challenging schools, business and individuals to become waste-free for a week.”