Full support given to increase county's recycling rates


Liberal Democrat calls for improvements to Gloucestershire's recycling rates has today received unanimous support.

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A council motion proposed by Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson (LD: Bourton and Northleach) noted county-wide recycling rates being below the 53% target for the last five years.

Commenting, Cllr. Hodgkinson said:

"Today we've made a big step forward in the right direction to improving county-wide recycling rates. I'm delighted support has been given to increase recycling.

"The Cabinet Member will now request a report from the Joint Waste Committee to look at ways in which the county's recycling rates can be improved.

"It is a very important issue and the focus should be on reduce, reuse and recycle. We certainly wouldn't want any recyclables ending up in the Javelin Park incinerator. I look forward to seeing this report when it comes back to this council."

Member of the Joint Waste Committee and Cabinet Member for Clean and Green Environment on Cheltenham Borough Council, Cllr. Chris Coleman (LD: St Mark's and St Peter's) also said:

"I'm committed as much as anyone to improve recycling rates not just on Cheltenham Borough, but county-wide. Residents want to see a genuine commitment to a county-wide recycling scheme, but the emphasis must be very much on the county.

"It takes a joined-up approach to increase recycling rates and the reason for why I supported today's motion. I now want to start seeing this happen."


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