Conservative councillors in Bath and North East Somerset have welcomed news that the area has seen a record annual rise in recycling rates.
The increase in recycling rates has been largely attributed by the Council to initiatives put in place by the Conservatives before the local elections last May.
Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Martin Veal, said:
“It’s great news that for the first time over half our area’s waste is being recycled. This increase in recycling is a testament to the commitment and efforts of local residents to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. I’m pleased that the Council has acknowledged that the increase is largely due to initiatives put in place by Conservative councillors, particularly the successful introduction of food waste recycling and the use of the new waste treatment plant.
“We will be keen to see what initiatives the Liberal Democrat Cabinet bring forward to ensure this rising trend continues so that we can achieve the aim of sending zero waste to landfill. For example, the council could do more to encourage those residents who are not currently taking part to recognise the importance of recycling more. This not only protects our environment but also saves tax-payer money by reducing the cost of landfill tax.”