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Suffolk cuts recycling target

Reducing the recycling target in Suffolk will send out the wrong message to residents about recycling, says a council member. The target date to achieve a 60% rate has been put back from 2010 to 2015 by Suffolk County Council. Speaking to MRW Liberal Democrat group leader Kathy Pollard said: In Suffolk we have seven districts doing extremely well with recycling. One district has already reached a 48% recycling rate. A 60% target by 2010 is not a difficult target to reach. Other authorities are managing their targets for 2010. If you have not got a target like that what is the incentive to recycle? We suspect that because an incinerator is to be built in Suffolk soon the targets have been relaxed. You need more waste to feed the incinerator. Current statistics show that Suffolk has reached more than 40% for its overall recycling rates. Pollard said that the Conservatives who run most of the local authorities in Suffolk had taken recycling targets a step backwards. Leader of the Conservative Party dominated council Jeremy Pembroke disagreed with Pollard and said that the 2010 target was never a fixed one. He said: There was never a fixed target for 2010 it was merely an aspiration. This target was taken on board by all the districts. This is not a step backwards this is a more realistic target. Pollard added: It is Suffolks aspiration to be the greenest county in England but we are failing to do that if we fail to tackle issues like recycling. Slipping the target forward five years is just far too long to wait. It sends out a bad message across Suffolk and undermines the argument of Suffolk being the greenest county. The Conservatives are talking the talk but not walking the walk.

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