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Political parties put waste and recycling at the core of their campaigns

The main political parties have put waste and recycling issues at the heart of their campaigns ahead of the local and European elections on June 4.

The Labour Party has launched a green pledge card and has pledged to make recycling easier on the doorstep and on the street.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said: Im proud of what Labour is doing in every community and in Europe to tackle climate change, but we have to do more.

Labour is supporting green manufacturing jobs, because everyone knows you cant cut your way out of a recession, and low carbon growth will help us build a greener future for Britain.

The Tories would choose isolation in Europe, while with Labour, Britain in the European Union is making a difference in tackling climate change, from increasing renewable energy to higher efficiency standards for cars, fridges and washing machines.

The Conservative Party announced in its manifesto that its MEPs will seek to make sure waste regulations are properly implemented in all EU countries. Conservative MEPs will also aim to support further reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to improve transparency and create better incentives for business to invest in green technology.

The Liberal Democrats has also put the green agenda at the core of their manifesto. Its manifesto stated: The UK lags behind many other European countries in adopting green technology. Now is the time for big investment to create jobs and make Britain and Europe greener. We need a green road out of the recession. This would mean new jobs in green industries, money in peoples pockets from saving energy, and a transport network we can all be proud of.

In a party broadcast, the UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said that EU bureaucracy meant that more councils had no control over the best way to recycle. The broadcast claimed that rubbish collections had been reduced from weekly to once a fortnight despite strong opposition. It also inaccurately claimed that by 2010 landfill tax would continue to rise to between £150 and £200 per tonne the correct figure is £48 per tonne.

The Green Party has also concentrated on recycling and waste in its manifesto.  The manifesto stated: We would double expenditure on municipal waste on the cheap. We would double expenditure on municipal waste management, spending an extra £4 billion to encourage re-use and repair, increase recycling and digestion and reduce landfill and incineration, thus cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This could create 80,000 new jobs.

The Green Party said that it wanted to end incineration altogether. Its manifesto said: There are better ways to use valuable resources such as paper than burning it.


 

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