Thursday 14 February 2019 / 1:33 PM Environment

Despite all of Michael Gove’s grandstanding on plastic pollution, the rate of recycling for packaging went down last year – Sandy Martin

Sandy Martin MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Waste and Recycling, commenting on the falling rate of recycled packaging, said:

“Despite all of Michael Gove’s grandstanding on plastic pollution, the rate of recycling for packaging went down last year.

“The failure of the Government to increase the level of recycling over the past eight years means we’re nowhere near meeting the European target of recycling half of all household waste by next year. This is directly linked to the Government’s failed austerity agenda as cash strapped local councils are forced to make impossible decisions on further cuts.

“Labour is calling for a root-and-branch comprehensive approach to dealing with our waste which reduces the amount created in the first place, recycles the maximum of waste that is produced and protects our environment from pollution.”