Councillor challenge to Leeds Council Leader on food waste
Cllr Stewart Golton (Rothwell, Leader of Leeds Liberal Democrats) proposed a challenge to Cllr Keith Wakefield (Kippax, Leader of the Council and Labour Group). Cllr Golton said that residents can only have confidence that Cllr Wakefield is committed to improving recycling in the city if he implements the successful food waste recycling in his own ward.
The food waste pilot in Rothwell, originally only commissioned for six months, now extended indefinitely, has proved a massive success with residents and has driven up recycling rates to over 50%. It was put in place by the previous administration, and Cllr Golton argues that the current
administration has failed to push forward with this successful scheme.
Local councillors have recently complained that the food waste scheme was being undermined by the Council rationing the supply of compostable bags used in the scheme. They have called on the Council to supply households with a yearly supply.
Cllr Stewart Golton (Leader, Liberal Democrats) said:
"The residents of Leeds have an ambition to live in a greener, cleaner city and in Rothwell we have led the way in recycling. However, the administration are dragging their feet and are in danger of stifling success by limiting this scheme to just one area of the city.
"Councillor Wakefield should roll out this scheme in his own ward, next door to my own, and show he really is committed to improving recycling rates.