Responding to the launch of consultations on the new Resources and Waste Strategy, Cllr Isobel Darby, DCN Lead Member for Enhancing the Quality of Life, said:
“District councils are committed to improving the environment and enhancing the quality of life of our residents; as such we welcome the Government direction to improve environmental strategies and increase recycling rates.
“As the collection authorities, district councils work hard to improve standards and government figures show that we represent 65 per cent of the top 100 authorities in our recycling rates.
“However, the Resources and Waste Strategy would see significant new financial burdens placed on to district councils, particularly with the consideration of removing chargeable garden waste services. Compelling evidence of the value for money and environmental benefits should be provided before any changes are decided and implemented.
“In addition, Government must recognise and address the impact both manufacturers and reprocessors have on our ability, as collection authorities, to deliver a consistent service. There must be an “end to end” approach with all parties responsibilities taken into consideration.
“We welcome this important consultation period where we hope that government will listen to our concerns so we can work better together to boost recycling rates and improve standards for the communities we serve.
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