It is disappointing to learn that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) Waste Sites Policy highlighted in East Riding And Hull – Environmental Profligacy ignores the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Guidance 2018 (page 88).
I fully support the Guidance regards cross-border use as I firmly believe that in the interests of the Environment, residents should be encouraged to use their nearest site.
I am at a loss why ERYC are discouraging this and indeed two councillors have made public statements supporting the ERYC Policy:
- ERYC Opposition Leader Liberal Democrat Councillor David Nolan has stated: “It is only fair that the service should be restricted to those who pay for it”
- While one of the three Conservatives for Pocklington Provincial, Councillor Paul West has confirmed: “I personally don’t have a problem with the idea”
If neighbouring authorities are out of step with the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Guidance 2018 they must also revisit their policy.
As Hull Council is Labour-controlled and ERYC is Conservative-controlled their policies suggest more focus on politics than the Environment.
The purpose of declaring a Climate Emergency should never be about political point-scoring it requires action.
I have emailed ERYC Councillors a copy of the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Guidance 2018 with a link to this post and requested that they review their policy to reflect Guidance and support the Environment.
Common sense must prevail.