Measures to protect planet

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I was in the Antarctic, when the first climate scare started; global cooling caused by a hole in the ozone layer. Now it has changed, but, whether we are cooling, warming or just in a cycle, it’s more than a good idea to look after our planet.

So why aren’t we? Why are we building lots of expensive windmills with a variable power source and not using tide flow, which is constant, or rivers or hydro power?

Why are we not insisting that every new house has ‘grey water’ tanks and home grown energy supplies? Built in at the start, the cost is very low indeed.

The good news is that Horsham’s recycling/waste collection system is very effective; probably the best and most efficient in UK.

In particular, the alternating weekly collections of green waste and recyclables mean I never have to go to Hop Oast, which in itself is very environmentally friendly.

What next? Well, we could try to collect waste food, but that is a bit messy and expensive; better suited to home composting.

Anyway we should really tackle this issue from the other end; examining ways of not wasting food in the first place; better portion control, use of skin, peelings leaves etc, and more realistic ‘use by’ dates.

Then, let’s look aggressively at the waste we are still putting into landfill: yoghurt pots, ice cream containers, polystyrene packing, plastic film and trays etc.

We can change this fairly easily by using recycled cardboard, paper bags etc.

So why aren’t we? Suppliers should want to do this anyway, but if they are not, locally and nationally we should force the issue. It is easy, it is quick and it is low cost!

And by the way, plant a tree tomorrow please!

PETER BURGESS

(Con) Horsham district councillor for Holbrook West, Haybarn Drive, Horsham