Lib Dems launch food waste recycling petition

Introducing food waste recycling in Sheffield is equivalent to taking 86,152 cars off the roads. Let's bring it in now!

By Sheffield Liberal Democrats, Nov 03, 2021 1:11

A food waste collection scheme first championed by the Sheffield Liberal Democrats has now been delayed by the Labour/Green coalition in control of Sheffield Town Hall.

Tim Huggan, the Liberal Democrat Shadow Executive member for climate change, said; “2 years ago the Labour-led Council declared a climate emergency. If they are serious about doing all they can to tackle this emergency, the Council should be reducing waste and recycling wherever possible”.

“Across the UK, 9.5 million tonnes of food is wasted every year, releasing around 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas equivalents. That works out at 215,381 tonnes of CO2e in Sheffield alone– or 86,152 cars.”Cllr Tim Huggan and Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed with food waste caddy

“The Liberal Democrats have been calling for food waste to be collected for years. It’s so disappointing to hear that the Labour/Green coalition running Sheffield have decided to delay bringing this in until the last possible moment, choosing to wait until Government regulations mean that they are legally required to.

"We have come to expect this sort of decision from the Labour party; however, we are very disappointed to see the Green Party propping them up to do so.”

Lib Dem Council Leader Shaffaq Mohammed added; “As a city we need to act to deliver our pledge to make Sheffield carbon neutral by 2030. We are listening to the Sheffield Community and want to increase recycling with larger blue bins for those who want them and increased availability to recycle more types of plastic.”

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