Wokingham Liberal Democrats are disappointed that the Conservatives seem to have abandoned plans to further improve and extend recycling in the borough.
When the Conservative executive changed the waste collection scheme they included a Recycling Improvement Plan and money was set aside to be spent on recycling initiatives. The Liberal Democrat councillors have discovered that this money is no longer in the budget. The Lib Dems say with an underpinning principle in the council’s new Vision to improve recycling, it does not then make sense to scrap plans to achieve this.
The Lib Dems are calling for recycling to be made easier and for residents to be encouraged to recycle more. The current recycling scheme is limited in the items that can be collected and by abandoning plans for new initiatives the Tories will make it harder for the council to meet the government targets for reducing landfill. If these targets are not met the council will face financial penalties.