Councillor cries foul over new recycling policy

Coun 'Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for waste management.

Coun 'Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for waste management.

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A South Holland district councillor has accused county officials of “robbing our nests to feather theirs” over the way waste recycling will be run across Lincolnshire.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, has claimed the council stands to lose almost £900,000 over the next five years because of Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to operate a single recycling contract next year.

From April 1, district councils will no longer be responsible for making their own waste recycling arrangements, meaning that any cash credits gained will be shared out across the county.

Coun Gambba-Jones said: “South Holland District Council will be losing £377,830 worth of revenue after three years because of the lose of recycling credits and after five years, it will be £895,570.

“These figures are based on the loss of recycling credits paid by Lincolnshire County Council and the payments from our contractor for each ton of recycling they receive.

“The county council is proposing to soften the blow by providing a transfer payments fund but, unfortunately, the three councils that have retained their recycling will still be the biggest losers because of the loss of payments from their contractors.

“This is because these transfer payments will be made to all seven councils, including the four that weren’t running their own recycling contract and therefore will not be losing any contractor payments.

“The big picture for me is the well-being of council tax payers in South Holland and robbing our nests to feather theirs is not in the best interests of the people in this area.”

Coun Reg Shore, the county council’s executive member for waste and recycling, said: “We have been working closely with all seven district councils over the past year to agree a countywide recycling contract for the benefit of all Lincolnshire residents.

“This could and should bring a stronger and more cost-effective service for us all.”