South Gloucestershire’s hugely successful recycling initiatives will continue if the Conservatives are re-elected in May, councillors say.
It follows news published last month that South Gloucestershire Council’s impressive 60% recycling rate puts it in second place for all unitary councils in England, with less waste going to landfill than ever before.
And if the Conservatives retain control of the Council in May’s local elections, they will fight to ensure the innovative new soft plastics recycling scheme is rolled out to all households across the district.
Cllr Rachael Hunt, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Local Place, said: “Residents can be really proud of their efforts to ensure as much household waste as possible is being recycled, and the latest government data shows that these efforts have paid off.
“When it comes to recycling and other environmental issues, our record since 2019 speaks for itself. I’m delighted to see South Glos placed among the country’s top performers for recycling and if the Conservatives are re-elected to carry on running the Council in May, I have every confidence that these successes will continue.”
For the past six months, the Council has been among the first local authorities to collect plastic bags and wrapping for recycling, with around 2,000 households taking part in the first stage. The trial has been an enormous success so far and the Conservatives are keen to see it made permanent and extended to every house in the district.
The Conservative administration has also this year delivered improved access to Mangotsfield Sort It Centre, with the creation of a dedicated slip road to make it easier for people to recycle their waste.
The Conservatives also ensured the annual charge for the garden waste collection service was frozen at £30 this year, unlike Labour-run Bristol Council which chose to hike the charge from £32 to £50.