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Wokingham Conservatives scrap Recycling Improvement Plan

April 23, 2012 12:00 PM

Wokingham Liberal Democrats are disappointed that the Conservatives seem to have abandoned plans to further improve and extend recycling in the borough.

When the Conservative executive changed the waste collection scheme, they included a Recycling Improvement Plan, and money was set aside to be spent on recycling initiatives. The Liberal Democrat councillors have discovered that this money is no longer in the budget (see 'Evidence' below). The Lib Dems say that, with an underpinning principle in the council's new Vision to improve recycling, it doesn't make sense to scrap plans to achieve this.

The Lib Dems are calling for recycling to be made easier, and for residents to be encouraged to recycle more. The current recycling scheme is limited in the items that can be collected, and by abandoning plans for new initiatives, the Tories will make it harder for the council to meet the government targets for reducing landfill. If these targets are not met, the council will face financial penalties.

The Evidence:

1. The 24th June 2010 Executive Meeting considered the proposals for the changes to the Waste Collection Scheme and includes a Recycling Improvement plan as a benefit of the new proposal. (P.22-26)

2. Medium Term Financial plan 2011/12 (P.79) 10 Year Capital Vision £2M provision for Recycling Improvement plan.

3. Medium Term Financial plan 2012/12 (P.80) no longer includes the Recycling Improvement plan.

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