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Lewisham Lib Dems win recycling victory

August 22, 2011 8:43 PM
By Lewisham Lib Dems - RB/VN

After a popular petition to force Lewisham council to increase its dismal rates of recycling, Lewisham Lib Dem councillors have persuaded Lewisham council to improve. A Liberal Democrat motion was recently passed unanimously at Lewisham Council calling for the Council to make it easier for the borough's residents to recycle.

Lewisham routinely misses its targets for residual household waste collected, levels of household waste recycled, and municipal waste sent to landfill, leading to widespread disappointment at the borough's poor environmental record.

Councillor Fletcher, proposing the motion, said: "I'm pleased that everyone at the council agreed to the motion - but now we need action, not words. This council has to make it easier for residents to recycle - by increasing the range of plastics people can put in their green boxes, and by collecting more tetra pak cartons. Other London boroughs do it, so why can't we? The Labour group are unwilling to discuss recycling issues, given we have the lowest recycling rate in London, and the second lowest rate in the whole country - now they've agreed to this, we're going to make sure they stick to it."

The motion passed by Council, proposed by Councillor Julia Fletcher (Lib Dem - Downham), and seconded by Councillor Chris Maines (Lib Dem - Blackheath) read:

"Council notes the importance of increasing recycling rates in Lewisham and notes that the Mayor intends to increase the range of plastic items that can be included in the kerbside collections and to investigate increasing the volume of tetra pak beverage cartons that can be recycled in Lewisham."