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East Midlands lags behind in recycling improvement league

March 8, 2005 12:00 AM

Today, the Government has released recycling figures for each region in the country. Analysis by Parmjit Singh Gill, Member of Parliament for Leicester, South can now reveal that the East Midlands lags behind the national average improvement for recycling. While welcoming the overall increase recycling levels, Parmjit is now calling for reform on the way these figures are collected.

Commenting, Parmjit said;

"The overall increase in recycling and decrease in household waste should be welcomed. But waste minimisation must be the first priority.

"The Government's figures fail to reflect the fact that some councils have made excellent progress in minimising municipal waste.

"For example, councils who encourage people to take responsibility for the disposal of their own waste through home composters appear to be doing worse on today's figures than councils who collect waste for central composting.

"The Liberal Democrats are calling for a change to the way Government figures are presented to give a fairer deal to councils who minimise waste and to ensure there is an incentive for councils to pursue the best environmental options."