Cardiff’s Liberal Democrats have hit out at Labour-run Cardiff Council following yet another fall in the local authority’s recycling rates.
In the final quarter of 2014, Cardiff reused, recycled or composted just 44% of its municipal waste – a fall of 4 percentage points on the same quarter of 2013. This is despite a 2% decrease in the amount of waste produced by Cardiff residents, from 41,100 tonnes in October-December 2013 to 40,300 in the same period of 2014.
The Welsh Government have said that every local authority should reach recycling rates of 58% by the end of 2015, or face a £100,000 fine for every 1% under that target. Based on current levels, Cardiff Council will be facing a fine of around £1.4m unless rates improve.
Cardiff’s recycling rates remain the lowest of any local authority in Wales, compared to the final year of the Lib Dems’ control of the city when it was among the highest.
Eluned Parrott, the Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales Central, said:
“When across Wales recycling rates are on the up, and less waste is being produced by Cardiff residents, there is absolutely no excuse for recycling rates to be decreasing. Yet these latest figures show that this Labour-run Cardiff Council is inking recycling into its increasing catalogue of failures.
“The Welsh Government’s fines for failing to meet recycling targets are looming, and it looks like all Cardiff Labour can do now is minimise the size of the fine they’ll have to pay. This is a sorry situation to find our capital city in. Labour’s shocking mismanagement of our city is costing local residents dear.”
Cllr Judith Woodman, Cardiff Liberal Democrat Leader, added:
“When the Liberal Democrats led Cardiff Council, the city’s recycling rates soared and we were becoming one of the best local authorities in Wales at recycling. Since Labour took control of our city, recycling rates have plummeted.
“With other urban councils like Swansea increasing their recycling rates over the past year, I really can’t see where else Cardiff’s Labour administration can point the finger aside from at themselves.”