Landlords 'should boost recycling efforts'

by Sarah Ashcroft

Landlords need to make more of an effort to encourage recycling among their tenants.

This is the view of John Tanner, board member of cleaner greener Oxford, who was commenting after the city's council amended its recycling policy in order to decrease the rate of waste going to landfill.

The local authority has decided residents of flats and shared homes need to recycle at least half of the waste they produce, the Oxford Mail reports, meaning landlords will need to take steps to ensure renters act.

Including the stipulation in revised tenancy agreements is one way of making renters aware of their responsibilities and Mr Tanner said steps need to be taken to encourage people to recycle.

The body has already introduced the rule for council flat residents and Mr Tanner said that, in many instances, recycling has not been made as easy as it could be.

"We found that in a lot of the flats we visited, the area for the rubbish bins would have three general waste bins and only one small bin for recycling," he remarked. 

Mr Tanner admitted that Oxford landlords will have to spend money on new blue recycling bins because the council "cannot afford to subsidise them" and noted fines and other penalties could be introduced for those who do not comply with the policy.

However, some landlords are pessimistic about the new rules. Student property owner Karim Easterbrook told the news source that landlords will struggle to get tenants to change their habits, singling out students as being particularly problematic.

"The only people who are going to end up doing it will be the landlords, or they will fine us," he observed.

In addition to recycling, landlords are encouraged to take steps to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. The Residential Landlords Association and Cornish company Enact Energy recently agreed a deal that frees up funding for insulation to be fitted to around 10,000 of the country's draughtiest properties.

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Published on: December 19, 2012

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