Labour-run Bristol City Council recently topped the English core cities for recycling, as figures from the Department for Food, Rural Affairs, and the Environment confirmed that Bristol is on track to hit its 2020 target. Today’s Member Forum, City Hall’s version of PMQs, showed that the Green Party have not been doing their bit when it comes to their own leaflets.
Councillor Tom Brook (Labour – Bishopston & Ashley Down), highlighting the issue, asked Mayor Marvin Rees:
In a leaflet last year the Green Party Group attempted to claim credit for our progressive budget, which they voted against. They try to champion their environmental credentials, yet voted against our Labour administration’s tens of millions of pounds investment in renewable energy and heat networks to tackle climate change and reduce fuel poverty.
Interestingly, their Green Party leaflet, which claimed to be ‘principled’ and ‘practical’, was printed on up to 20% non-recycled paper.
Should they – and Bristol’s other opposition parties – put their money where their mouth is and follow Labour’s lead in producing leaflets with 100% recycled paper content?
Labour Mayor Marvin Rees responded:
Our Labour administration is leading the way on fighting the interdependent challenges of climate change and economic inclusion. It’s in our manifesto promises in a stronger way than others and we voted to upgrade the city’s ambition on carbon neutrality.
Meanwhile, the Green Party, voting with the Tories yet again in February, opposed our much-needed investment in renewables and efforts to reduce fuel poverty in Bristol.
Again, actions speak louder than words. I’m proud of our latest city leaflet, which highlights how much we’re delivering for Bristol. It’s welcome that we used 100% recycled paper – once again highlighting Labour’s practical and principled commitment to sustainability.
Bristol Waste Company, wholly-owned by Bristol City Council, issued the following statement on DEFRA figures: http://www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/whats-happening/2018-recycling-rates/
Mayor Marvin Rees recently used an article (November 2018) to highlight the environmental record of his Labour administration: https://www.sera.org.uk/bristol_a_leading_green_city