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Wokingham Lib Dems disappointed with Borough’s stalled recycling rates

July 27, 2015 1:50 PM
By Wokingham Liberal Democrats
Cllr Lindsay Ferris

Cllr Lindsay Ferris

At the last Council meeting on the 23rd July, local Lib Dems were disappointed with the response to their question about why the Borough has slipped down the national table for its recycling rates.

Cllr Lindsay Ferris asked the Executive Member for Environment : Why has Wokingham slipped down the local authority ratings for recycling rates and now is only in 232nd position out of 352 local authorities? In answer the Executive Member Cllr Angus Ross claimed that 2 issues affecting the rates were i) the decline in newspaper sales and ii) that road and street sweepings could no longer be included in recycling. Cllr Lindsay Ferris has noted that both these issues affect all national councils in the same way.

Cllr Lindsay Ferris (Twyford ward) said "I am very concerned that our recycling rates have stalled at 40% and Wokingham has slipped down the national table to 232nd place. The Executive member for the Environment claims that Wokingham is mirroring a national trend, but that cannot be the case if we are slipping down the table and other Councils are doing better at this. A poor performance will cost residents money in landfill taxes, as well as not being good for the environment. This is not good enough - as a Borough we must improve. Local Lib Dems have long been calling for the Conservative led Council to consider extending the recyclable materials it collects from residents to include food waste and a doorstep collection of glass. This would see our recycling rates improve and is a service residents want.

The Lib Dems will continue to push the Council to look at extending the waste recycling collection scheme. It's time the Conservatives woke up to the fact that they should be doing a lot better."