We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Labour's recycling failure continues

August 21, 2018 12:25 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Mixed plastics recycling banks full
Southampton's Labour-run council are failing the city's residents on recycling, say Liberal Democrat campaigners.

Pictures taken over the last two weeks by Southampton Liberal Democrats reveal that the demand to use the mixed plastic recycling banks is so great that some residents have had to leave their recyclable materials beside the over-stuffed bins, leaving an unsightly mess that council staff cannot seem to keep up with.

Freemantle campaigner Alexander Clifton-Melhuish comments:

Alexander Clifton-Melhuish"It's encouraging to see that Southampton's residents are going out of their way to use these communal recycling facilities.

"Unfortunately, it's clear to see that Southampton Labour don't have enough faith in their own scheme to keep those facilities clean, or cater to the obvious demand from residents.

"When people are making an effort to use these recycling banks, the very least the Labour-controlled council can do is to make an effort themselves to ensure that the bins are emptied regularly.

"Perhaps it is time that that these plastics were included in the kerbside recycling? It would certainly improve Southampton's dismal record on recycling."

Labour's record on recycling is woeful: 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.

Earlier this year, an independent report found 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.

Bitterne Park campaigner James Read adds:

James Read"We've had issues with flytipping in Woodmill car park in the past, but in this instance people are trying to do the right thing by bringing their plastics to be recycled.

"It's ironic that in a week where we've seen the council fine households for 'failing to manage their waste', the council have spectacularly failed to manage their own bins.

"Residents pay their council tax and rightly expect that they'll be able to use these recycling banks. If Labour can't get them emptied quickly enough, just what are they spending our money on?

"If Labour can't even be trusted to manage the bins, how can we trust them to run the city?"