Cllr Brian Gallacher
Cllr Brian Gallacher
Northumberland County Council’s shadow cabinet member Cllr. Brian Gallacher for local services has criticised the choice of pilot areas, for the council’s new glass recycling scheme.
Cllr. Gallacher says the 4,000 homes chosen are all in Conservative areas of the county, namely parts of Alnwick, Bedlington, Hexham and Morpeth.
He said: “While we welcome any move to increase recycling rates across the county, we’re disappointed in the choice of pilot areas” There was no consultation with councillors and none of the areas chosen have Labour councillors.
“We are aware that, while some areas are being offered the chance to try glass kerb-side glass collection at the cost of Northumberland rate payers, there are areas in the county where residents have no option at all to recycle.
There are still communities in the county where residents leave black waste bags containing all their household rubbish in the street for collection and none of these areas have been selected for the pilots.
In 2020 this simply isn’t good enough, all residents should have access to bins or the use of communal bins.
This would help our NCC Local Services, keep our streets clean.
“Investment needs to be made to bring those areas up to at least the level of recycling available to other people in the county.

“We will be pressing the new leader and cabinet to be more inclusive in its choice of pilot areas or, if this is not possible because these areas cannot be changed, that the council extends the range of residential areas for any further pilots or expansion.”

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