Thursday, 24 March 2011

Lib Dems Help Reading Residents Recycle More

Locally the Lib Dems have long led the campaign to increase the range of materials that can be recycled by residents. The environment is something we care strongly about hence we currently hold the Environment and Sustainability Portfolio on the Coalition Cabinet.

In the Coalition Agreement we signed with the Conservatives last May we agreed to review recycling with a view to increasing recycling and reducing waste being sent to landfill.

The latest positive step in our campaign was taken today with news of the introduction of Reading's first battery collection service.

From the Council's website:
"Residents will soon be able to leave their used household batteries out with their recycling bin and have them collected by the Council, as part of a new doorstep service set to be launched next month
At the moment anyone wanting to recycle spent household batteries needs to take them to special drop-off points located in places like local libraries, the Civic Centre, the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Smallmead, or shops which have collection containers in store.
A new doorstep collection service for old household batteries will roll out across the borough during April.
All residents will need to do is leave any spent batteries they may have in a sealed clear sandwich/freezer bag on top of their red recycling bin. Bin crews will collect them and take them away for recycling.

The initiative will make it easier for residents to recycle household batteries, which supports Reading Borough Council's overall aim of reducing items that go to landfill."
This is a small but nonetheless important step on the way towards reducing harmful carbon emissions in Reading. When they ran the Council Labour councillors signed the Council up to a restrictive waste PFI contract which has made it very difficult to change recycling arrangements and increase the range of materials residents can recycle. We are not fazed by this and are fully committed to exploring all options to increase household recycling and help residents reduce waste.

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