Lib Dems Launch Recycling Campaign

Let's take recycling seriously. It's no coincidence that Sheffield has the worst recycling rate in the region whilst also not accepting many types of plastics.

By Sheffield Lib Dems, Jul 06, 2018 3:07

The Liberal Democrats are calling for an expansion of the materials which can be recycled to make recycling easier for people. Only by making it easier, will our recycling rate increase substantially. In Sheffield, only plastic bottles can be recycling in the blue box or bin. Items such as yoghurt pots, carrier bags, margarine tubs, food trays and bottle tops can’t be put in Sheffield’s blue boxes or bins but can elsewhere.

The Sheffield Liberal Democrats are calling for a massive expansion of recycling in Sheffield.

In Sheffield, only plastic bottles can be recycling in the blue box or bin. Items such as yoghurt pots, carrier bags, margarine tubs, food trays and bottle tops can’t be put in Sheffield’s blue boxes or bins but can elsewhere.

Over the last 10 years, Sheffield has had the worst recycling performance in Yorkshire. Sheffield’s recycling rate has only increased by 4.66% over the last 10 years to 29.6% in 2016/17 compared with nearly 66% in East Yorkshire!

Laura Gordon and the Lib Dems are calling for an expansion of the materials which can be recycled to make recycling easier for people. Only by making it easier, will our recycling rate increase substantially.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigner for Sheffield Hallam Laura Gordon said:

“Recycling needs to be as easy as putting other waste in the bin. There are so many rules about simply putting plastic in a bin. We have a silly situation where you can recycle a plastic milk bottle but not the lid. Even just down the road in Chesterfield you can recycle plastic containers as well as foil trays in your blue bin, which makes life much easier. It's no coincidence they have a much better recycling rate than we do.

“I think now is the time to change our ways. The Blue Planet program really brought it home how damaging plastics can be. Just using landfill or burning our plastic waste won’t help. We need to recycle whatever we can to stop plastic waste and do our bit to tackle climate change. Other cities are managing it, so why can’t we? Sheffield needs to be ambitious and act like a city in the 21st Century.”

“It was announced back in December that the Council had renegotiated its contract with Veolia – including moving recycling to a monthly collection. At the time, the council said the savings would come into force from April but we haven’t heard anything from them yet – there has even been rumours in the local press about the council moving normal waste collection to every month.

“Whilst Sheffield Council are looking at cutting our waste collections, other cities and towns are showing us how it should be done. Lib Dem controlled Watford Council have weekly black bin and recycling collections with a recycling rate of 43%, much higher than Sheffield’s 30%. It’s time to move our city forward.”

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