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Recycling in York will be the talking point in the budget today,


6:18am 3rd February 2011

York's Liberal Democrat administration want to see the city's already high recycling rates rise even further the Councillor in charge of Neighbourhood Services said today.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Ann Reid said that despite the rollout of recycling facilities almost being complete, money would still be invested to boost recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

By the end of March all but a few hard to reach properties in the city will have access to kerbside recycling, ensuring that everyone can do their bit to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill in the city. The hard to reach properties will have recycling facilities introduced later in the year.

York's recycling rate has already seen an impressive rise from 12% under the previous Labour administration, to 45% under the Lib Dems. Rates look set to rise even further as more people have access to kerbside recycling but Councillor Reid said more would be done to encourage people to recycle.

Councillor Reid said that although Council budgets were tight, money would be invested in increasing recycling. She said:

, "We will be ensuring that we invest our resources in the areas where we can make the biggest difference to recycling rates. This is likely to be by providing information and guidance to those areas which have only recently had kerbside recycling introduced or which have lower recycling rates."

"We will also be continuing to invest in reducing the overall amount of waste produced in the city. We have seen significant falls in the total waste produced over recent years and we are hopeful that we will be able to continue that trend."

Officer proposals for the Neighbourhood Services and Housing portfolio will be considered by Councillor Reid at a meeting on 3rd February ahead of the Executive announcing its budget on 7th February.

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