The Labour party has put an interesting twist on their work on recycling in Nottingham. In a recent promotional leaflet the Nottingham Labour Party claims to be 'committed to the environment' and that they will be 'prioritising Recycling and Climate Change for future generations'. Even more interestingly is the claim by the leader of the City Council Jon Collins that Labour has made the recycling rate grow at a fast rate: 'we are now in the top 3 of the UK's top cities'. However in a recent independent survey released by the Government, Nottingham City Council came an embarrassing 339th out of 393 local authorities, with a combined recycling and composting rate of just 18.6 per cent for 2004-05, less that 3 per cent higher than the worst performing authority in the UK, which is Tower Hamlets.
One resident of Sneinton commented on a previous article: 'Here in Sneinton we have been pushing local decision makers to get us proper recycling but they say we can't get it until 2009 or something. There is no cardboard recycling and there is only one place to take the recycling. Interestingly enough, the bins, especially the ones for the cans are nearly always overly full. This shows that residents want to recycle, but are just not given the resources to do so properly. The council has a mounth-full of how good it is on recycling but doesn't provide us with the facilities to do so, even after having been from meeting to meeting for months asking them for it. Where's the will to really sort this out?'
Walking off with the successes of grassroots campaigning
Even more interesting is that the same leaflet claims 'the success of the incinerator expansion'. It states that the Labour Party has 'consistently campaigned' on the issue. No mention of the NAIL Campaign or other local initiative. Consistantly campaigned? Interesting how politicians so blatenly hijack campaigning issues like these. I really wonder about their committment to sort out recycling in this city. Some areas can't even recycle the basics like cardboard. To quote Sneinton Resident: 'Where's the will to really sort this out?'