Councillor Clive World has succeeded in getting his motion passed for recycling bins in Richmond, Middleham, Hawes and Reeth with a narrow 13-12 victory in a vote at a full meeting of Richmondshire District Council.
Cllr World told the meeting, “You go to other places throughout the country and there are clear signs. We should be recycling more.”
Tory Councillor, Tony Duff said that a previous trial had failed and recycling the contaminated waste cost the authority £24 per tonne to dispose of and would require a part-time member of staff and an extra vehicle to collect which would be a “considerable extra cost that would be unlikely to increase our recycling rate”.
He said: “We are constantly monitoring and reviewing our recycling procedures so I cannot see what more Councillor World wants. We have greatly improved our green bags size, increased the types of material for kerbside recycling and produced record revenue from green waste.”
Cllr World told the meeting despite the trial’s failure, the council had a duty to keep trying.
He said: “If there’s any graffiti it’s cleared immediately – we have to persevere.”
The meeting heard several councillors state installing recycling facilities would send an important message about how the area set itself as a tourist destination.
Other, mainly independent, Councillors supported the motion including Councillor Helen Grant who said: “I don’t think anybody in this room should turn their nose up at being able to recycle. We have all seen the effects of plastics and other things on our rivers, so any small measure we can do should be supported to the nth degree.”
However, Tory leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, and deputy leader, Councillor Ian Threlfall were against it and said it would be “wrong to immediately go off and start doing this” and the issue should be examined in more detail before going ahead.
This is Clive’s third recent success with scrapping charging parents to bury children and his plan to install bird proof litter bins.