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Spend Veolia cash on brown bin collections says Lib Dem leader

July 4, 2017 4:32 PM

The leader of Leeds City Council's Lib Dem group is calling for Leeds City Council to spend an unexpected windfall on better recycling services for residents.

Waste management firm Veolia will pay the council an undisclosed sum as a result of its failure to meet contractual obligations on recycling of waste sent to the incinerator facility in East Leeds that it manages on behalf of the council.

The council is keeping the sum involved secret as it is "commercially sensitive information".

Cllr Golton has called for the council to spend the money on better bin collections. In particular he wants an end to the brown bin ban policy that withholds garden waste collections from residents of new build properties. He also called for the council to introduce glass collections.

Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said:

"I'm pleased that the council has taken firm action against Veolia for their failure to meet their contractual obligations on recycling.

"But this funding should not just be soaked up into the general budget or set aside for a rainy day. I want to see it spent on better collections for residents.

"In particular the council should end its brown bin ban which stops people in new-build properties from having their garden waste collected.

"It's also about time we introduced glass collections in this city. Almost every other council offers this service and it seems ridiculous that in 2017 the second biggest council in the country still doesn't."