Light in the Darkness
- It seems that I am doing a lot of waiting and hoping at the moment. Along with many local government employees.
- I’m sending off claims for quarter 3 Recycling Credits and wondering whether quarter 4 will be the last ones I do.
- I received two letters in the last two weeks informing me that their council has decided that Recycling Credits will be one of the casualties of the spending cuts. This is a particular disappointment to staff involved who have been proud to work with several charities in this way.
- The third letter, however, led me to believe that there was still hope. It was from Lord Henley, minister responsible for Recycling Credits. He supported the comments I have made before, namely that it would be a false economy to stop Recycling Credits because the resulting increase in landfill would result in even higher costs.
- Let’s hope he is right. I am of the impression that the people making the decisions about what costs to cut do not understand the complexities of Recycling Credits and Landfill Tax.
- Councils are put in the impossible position of having to choose between equally important areas of expenditure.
- What is clear is Recycling Credits does offer the opportunity for local authorities to save money in the long term.
- Feedback from one council indicates they will see sense and keep Recycling Credits because: ‘We DO want to cut down (MUST cut down) landfill. We shall not reduce recycling credits.’
- So I go into February with fingers firmly crossed but a little more hopeful that we can continue to work together keeping biodegradable waste out of landfill.