Liberal Democrat councillors are calling on Sheffield City Council to be more transparent about its recycling.
Local councillors are following the lead of the region’s MEP, Rebecca Taylor, who is urging councils across Yorkshire to sign a new national recycling pledge.
Rebecca’s ‘Don’t Rubbish Our Recycling’ campaign, calls on councils to sign the Resource Association’s Charter, which encourages companies and councils to publish an annual register of the end point of its recyclables.
The campaign will be put to a vote at the next Full Council meeting of Sheffield City Council (7th Nov, 14:00).
Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Sheffield City Council, said:
“Surveys have shown that while many residents like to recycle, the majority don’t know where their recyclables finally end-up. Unsurprisingly, most local people want to know more about what happens to their recycling – so I’m delighted to be supporting Rebecca and backing this campaign.
“In Sheffield, the Labour council have made a complete mess our waste collection and recycling services. Labour councillors can go a small way to remedying that by signing this Charter and providing residents with the information and transparency they want.”
Rebecca Taylor, Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire & The Humber, said:
“I’m delighted that Liberal Democrat councillors are backing my campaign.
“Lots of people are happy to recycle, but many unfortunately do not know what happens to their recycling. There are too many horror stories about what does happen to our rubbish. It is important that we can have the confidence that our recyclables are put to good use and don’t end up in landfill.
“I’m urging every council in Yorkshire to sign up to the charter and play their part.”