Greens Accuse Exeter’s Labour Council Of Recycling “Spin”

29-03-16-binsA report online says that Green Party representatives have accused the Labour-run Exeter City Council of “spinning” recycling rates.

The website reports that that latest reported figures from the Council are of a 49 percent recycling rate, but the Green Party says that a recent scrutiny committee report has recycling rates in the city actually having fallen in the last year to just 34 percent. This is apparently due to a new way of measuring recycling rates, which the Greens say is being used to mask a “worsening situation”.

The online report quotes Diana Moore, lead Green Party candidate for Exeter St David’s ward, who said: “This is pure spin, another example of the muddled messages coming from the Labour-run council. Their report says the recycling rate has actually declined, but the council are claiming – with great fanfare – that it has improved.” The report suggests the Green Party blame thew falling recycling rates on the construction of an energy from waste plant at Marsh Barton.

Moore is further quoted as saying:  “The council sold the incinerator to Exeter residents as the ultimate answer to the city’s waste problems, making grand claims about the city’s waste being prevented from going to landfill and converted to energy instead. This is a muddled message and people may now be less concerned about throwing their recyclable rubbish in black bins. Here again, we need honest and accurate information.”

Finally, Moore is quoted as saying: “While we commend the council for their existing recycling facilities in Exeter, especially that they will take all forms of plastic materials, we know that to increase recycling rates to 80 percent – a figure which is totally achievable – we need to introduce separate weekly food waste collections.

“Currently 35 percent of black bin waste is food waste and can be easily removed in weekly collections from the non-recyclable waste stream.”

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