Reverse the recycling centre cuts!

All county-run recycling centres are now closed one day a week on the following days:

  • Tuesdays: Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford)
  • Wednesdays: Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve)
  • Thursdays: Hempsted (Gloucester).

The centres have also had their opening hours reduced by more than three hours a day. Previously they were open from 9am to 6:15pm, however this has now changed to 10am-4pm – a reduction of more than 35 per cent each day!

All this has been decided with no consultation with the public or with the six district councils.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson and Cllr Jenny Forde think reducing access to recycling facilities is wrong and will only serve to frustrate those trying to do the right thing by recycling their waste, who turn up to find their local centre closed.

WE WANT TO MAKE THE CONSERVATIVES REVERSE THESE RECYCLING CUTS! 

Sign our petition below to help us reverse this decision in next year’s budget:

https://www.gloslibdems.org.uk/recycling_petition

 

Council misses recycling targets for last 4 years

Latest figures show that Gloucestershire is binning more waste than ever but too much is going to landfill.

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Now, the Liberal Democrats are calling for the County Council to get its recycling shoes on and start hitting waste targets. At a recent Council meeting they called on Shire Hall bosses to find ways to boost the amount we all leave out on the kerbside which can be used again.

The latest figures show that county-wide recycling rates are averaging 48%. That’s 5% less than the target of 53% which the Council has set itself.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach), Leader of the county Lib Dems, led the debate and says that the Council’s administration needs to address the disappointing figures:

“When targets are set then every effort has to be made to meet them. This is serious stuff as we’re protecting our environment when we recycle more. The 53% target hasn’t been met for the last four years. The Council’s target is to recycle/compost at least 60% of its household waste by 2020 with an aspirational target of 70% by 2030. It clearly has a long way to go to achieve these goals.

“Sadly, across the county some of the recycling figures are low. In 2015/2016, Stroud was at the bottom with only 31% of their household waste being sent for recycling whilst Gloucester could only achieve a 37% rate. The Cotswolds was the only district that had met the 53% recycling target achieving a 58% rate last year, although even this has been falling from its peak.

“In the council chamber I called for a real uplift in recycling rates across the county. I agree with Gloucestershire’s ‘Waste Core Strategy’ in that we need to make sure that reusing and composting should be made as simple as possible and that people and businesses can easily recycle on the kerbside or at waste sites.

“There are some real differences across the county when it comes to dealing with trash. In some areas councils collect drink cartons whilst in others people have no choice but to send them to landfill. And what about metals and textiles? There’s so much scope here to help us all recycle more.

“In the meantime, I’ll be insisting that the Cabinet Member at Shire Hall responsible for waste commissions an urgent report to look at ways the county’s recycling rates can be improved and for this to be discussed by all councillors in December.

“Talking rubbish for some might not be very interesting, but how we dispose of it is an important issue, especially now that this Conservative administration has committed us to a massive incinerator at Javelin Park – we can’t let that be an excuse to fail to recycle.”

In the bag

From Monday 5 October plastic bags have to be paid for in larger shops throughout England.

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From that day, England falls into line with Wales and Scotland in charging 5p a bag.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton & Northleach) welcomes the move:

“Wales has seen a 90% drop in plastic bag usage since the charge was introduced which is having a major positive impact on the environment – plastic bags can hang around for up to 100 years and are often seen drifting around streets and the countryside.

“The Lib Dems in the last Coalition Government introduced this green initiative.  People can stock up on bags now to make sure they don’t then have to pay from next week – reusing bags will be the way forward.

“But there is nowhere now to recycle plastic bags in the Cotswolds – there used to be facilities at Tescos and some other stores.

“Would CDC be able to provide recycling of plastic bags? That way we could have a ‘double whammy’ of much lower usage and the bags that do get used could also be recycled!”

Call for boost to recycling in the Cotswolds

Cotswold District Council is being urged to up its game on recycling.

Paul with councillors and campaigners outside Council offices

Paul with councillors and campaigners outside Council offices

Liberal Democrat Councillors are applying pressure to the administration at CDC to fall in line with many other councils across the country by introducing doorstep collections of Tetrapaks.

Parliamentary Candidate, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Churn Valley), who proposed a motion to the Council Meeting on 23 September, said: “This is part of our campaign to convince the Council that people want this service and it is the best possible outcome for the environment.”

He claimed CDC is one a falling number of councils in England that fails to recycle juice and drink cartons on the doorstep. Neighbouring councils who have such a service include nearby Tewkesbury and West Oxfordshire. At present, many cartons end up in landfill.

“When we campaigned successfully for plastics recycling it was a big step forward. Now, we want to help empty people’s black bins even more by helping them get rid of cartons in a greener way,” he said.

“Unfortunately, people can’t recycle Tetrapaks on the kerbside and the number of banks for disposing of them has fallen. Added to that is the fact that many think they can throw these cartons into the blue cardboard bags. In fact, if people do this, they contaminate all the cardboard and none of it can be used for recycling.”

“I asked the question on Facebook whether people wanted to recycle cartons and the resounding answer was yes! I hope the Council will now listen to them and get recycling rates back up again.”

 

Plastics recycling starts in October

Many people have been asking about when plastics kerbside recycling will happen in the Cotswolds.

Paul with the new sack which every household will receive in September to recycle their plastics

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has campaigned for the service for 5 years and is delighted with the news that the service is on its way, “I’m very pleased that I’ve now been given the following news for our area”:

-All ‘rigid’ plastics will be collected in the Churn Valley from week commencing 15 October APART from certain parts of Baunton which will start collections 2 weeks later – to check your start date please visit the Cotswold District Council website at www.cotswold.gov.uk

-‘Rigid plastics’ are bottles, tubs, trays, pots etc

-Plastics will be collected fortnightly along with the other materials we can recycle at present

-New vehicles will be used meaning the number of vehicles coming to collect will drop

-Each household will receive a white collection sack for plastics next month (although if people have a small number of plastics they can be out into their existing black box)

Full details will be sent to every household next month.

Plastic fantastic!

Many residents have asked for some time when we’ll be getting a recycling collection of plastics from the kerbside as many other councils do.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson says it’s a subject he feels passionately about, “The good news is that CDC has just announced that there will be a collection of ‘rigid plastics’ from the kerbside later this year – probably the fourth quarter.”

“‘Rigid plastics’ are things like bottles, margarine pots, tubs and containers. This should reduce substantially the amount of waste in our black bins and therefore what goes to landfill.”

There’ll be further announcements nearer the time which we’ll let you know about.