Monday, September 7, 2009

True Blue Bins Teach City Lib Dems a Recycling Lesson.

City Conservatives have championed consistently the change to a better recycling system,

After going its own way for years by issuing residents two boxes for recyclable materials (and the inevitable soggy paper that comes with the ‘no lids’ boxes), the Lib Dem City Council will now replace them with a single large bin, with a lid.

This is in recognition that the recycling rate of Conservative-controlled Huntingdonshire, which uses the single bin, is considerably higher (Our summer 2007 In Touch pointed this out and the text is reproduced at the end of the article). The Lib Dems should have introduced the single bin in the first place, thus saving money on the two boxes, and garnering greater green credentials.

This autumn will see most households in the city get a blue recycling bin for all dry recyclables. The new bin will replace existing black and blue recycling boxes. We are reassured that the mixed recyclables will actually be taken to a sorting plant to be separated into different materials! Of course, we now have to see how the City Council manages the distribution of the new bins, and that they are not foisted on homes that can’t handle them.

Details of the change can be found on the City Council website:

And the leftover boxes? If you don’t want to return them, you can always plant some nice flowers them.
Conservatives Ahead in Recycling

Did you know that Conservatives in Cambridgeshire outperform the Liberal Democrat controlled City Council in recycling?

Six years ago there was only a marginal 1% difference in the performance of Lib Dem Cambridge and Conservative Huntingdonshire. The City Council deserves some credit for actually increasing the total amount recycled, however, today the gap is now 13%.

The Conservative council recycles or composts 53% of waste while our own local Lib Dem district is left lagging behind on 40%.

The Conservatives are well ahead in the race to recycle. Cambridge, with Conservative councillors, could do more for the environment.

In Touch, Summer 2007

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