Saturday, 21 April 2012

Glasgow Council Elections 2012 - Recycling

I have previously posted on the subject of Glasgow City Council's dire record on recycling: lowest recycling rates out of 32 Scottish councils and 20th place out of the UK's twenty largest cities. A new system was introduced during the past year but we have yet to see whether it has led to any significant improvements. Reducing the total amount of waste and increasing the proportion that is recycled is crucial to achieving a sustainable society. We are rapidly running out of "away" to throw our rubbish.

So what are the parties saying on this issue?


Scottish Labour Party (currently have 39/79 seats)
No mention of recycling in their manifesto, but even if there was it would be greeted with a healthy dose of scepticism, given the Labour Party's track record on this issue. There is mention of moves to create renewable energy from waste, but it isn't renewable if it involves burning finite resources.

Scottish Nationalist Party (currently have 20/79 seats)
The SNP environmental spokesperson, Kenny McLean (@Kenny4PartickW ) is quoted in their manifesto: “Glasgow lags behind the rest of Scotland when it comes to recycling household waste. It’s time we caught up with the rest". But how do they propose to do that?

Glasgow First (currently have 6/79 seats, rebel group of former Labour members)
Despite being a new party, I have as yet been unable to find their policies or manifesto.

Scottish Liberal Democrats (currently have 6/79 seats)
The Lib-Dems are committed to better education and support for recycling and to providing public recycling points. No big ideas on how to tackle the problems that the current administration have failed to grasp.

Scottish Green Party (currently have 5/79 seats)
The Green Party proposes collecting food waste which will be used to generate biogas as well as broadening the range of recycling facilities.  They also refer to policies that will reduce waste in public buildings.

Scottish Conservative and Unionist (currently have 1/79 seats)
The conservatives would reintroduce weekly collections of general refuse(comments on this here) which will remove some of the pressure on households to recycle and they week increase on-street recycling facilities. Its not clear whether this refers to litter bins with recycling options or larger bottle bank facilities. They also talk of introducing food waste recycling - perhaps they mean composting, which could reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Scottish Socialist Party (No seats in current council)
No mention of recycling or waste reduction.

UK Independence Party (No seats in current council)
No mention of recycling or waste reduction.

Clearly recycling is not high up the agenda, it is not something we think of on a regular basis in the same way as we think about our high energy bills, how we travel to work our how our children are educated but its an important part of the infrastructure that keeps our city functioning.  Most of the parties see it this way - it is less likely to influence voters than so many other issues therefore relegate it to a token comment.

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