B&NES recycling rates fall – ‘Council must do better’ say Conservatives

Bath and North East Somerset Council is being urged to ‘do more’ to increase local recycling rates in order to meet its target of sending zero waste to landfill.

Conservative Councillors are calling upon the Liberal Democrat-run authority to redouble its efforts to encourage recycling of household waste, after it emerged that the amount of waste being recycled or reused has actually fallen over the past three years from 52% in 2011 to 48% today.

Instead of increasing its recycling rates, the Council revealed this week that the only way it has been able to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill over the past couple of years is by sending more waste to a ‘waste treatment plant’ in Avonmouth instead.  This means that, whilst the Council has claimed that nearly 80% of household waste will not be going to landfill, only 48% is actually being recycled or reused – lower than in 2011, the year the Liberal Democrats took over running of B&NES Council.

Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Tim Warren, commented:

“Whilst it’s good to hear that less waste is now going to landfill, it’s clearly disappointing that the amount of waste actually being recycled has gone down under the Liberal Democrats, from 52% in 2011 to just 48% today.

“Sending household waste to treatment centres like the one at Avonmouth is part of the solution to reducing the amount going to landfill, but it isn’t a substitute for actual recycling of waste.

“If the Council is to meet its own stated aim of sending zero-waste to landfill and thereby avoid paying any landfill tax, it will clearly have to redouble its efforts and work with residents to encourage more recycling.”