The next generation should be living in a Britain that will be recycling and composting 40% of its waste, Hilary Benn says. Speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth, Benn focused his speech mainly on the subject of climate change but mentioned a future of high recycling rates. Benn said: As individuals, we can either learn to live more sustainably today or, in a few years time, face having to tell our grandchildren why, as a generation, we did not act while we still had the time. He used the analogy of a child to describe the vision he saw for the future: Imagine a child. By the time she is three years old we will be recycling and composting 40% of our waste. "By the time she celebrates her ninth birthday, every single new house built that year and for the rest of her life will be zero carbon, millions of existing homes will be better insulated, and microgeneration will be a reality for many of her friends and neighbours, and not just a few pioneers.