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Labour's poor recycling performance continues

April 4, 2018 9:15 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Labour-run Southampton City Council is failing on recycling rates, says Freemantle campaigner Alexander Clifton-Melhuish.

The City Council has been ranked 321 out of 350 local authorities in terms of recycling rates - putting us in the bottom 10% of the country.

The independent report finds that the city only recycles 28% of our waste. In contrast, Liberal Democrat-run Eastleigh Borough Council sends more than 40% of its household waste for recycling.

Alexander Clifton-MelhuishFreemantle campaigner Alexander Clifton-Melhuish

"I've spoken to many residents who are frustrated by the lack of action and effort from the council on this issue. People are increasingly aware of the impact of our lifestyles on the environment, and wish their council would allow them to recycle more of their waste.

"As part of our efforts to improve recycling levels in the city, Southampton Liberal Democrats have committed to introduce a food waste collection service in our fully-costed Alternative Budget for the city.

"Successive Conservative and Labour administrations have failed to improve our recycling levels, and they should be embarrassed when they see the Lib Dems next door in Eastleigh doing so much better than they are."