|COVENTRY INDICATORS - ENVIRONMENTAL
Collecting, transporting and
disposing of waste is expensive and can cause environmental damage whether it goes direct
to landfill or, as in Coventry, is incinerated in a process that produces heat and
The level of waste produced
can be a sign of how efficiently resources are used - producing less waste means reducing
environmental damage and protects the worlds valuable resources such as oil, trees,
minerals and water.
While household waste collected is only a proportion of total waste, it is
a significant indicator because it involves everybody. This indicator shows that the
production of waste in Coventry has been increasing steadily over the last five years. The
amount of household waste produced across the country is also increasing by approximately
3% per annum. One reason for this is the growing number of households.
The introduction of the wheeled-bin over the same time span may also have
contributed by allowing for a much greater quantity of waste to be disposed at home thus
reducing the use of other disposal methods (such as the citys public waste disposal
The introduction of projects such as kerbside collection of recyclables,
municipal and home composting could help change this trend from negative to positive.