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Exeter Labour has pledged to complete work on the business case for kerbside food waste collections and to introduce the service at the earliest opportunity, if re-elected to run the City Council in May.

Exeter is already in the top 10% of district councils for waste minimisation – with residents producing less waste on average than nearly anywhere else in the country. However, Exeter Labour is not complacent and is committed to improving both waste reduction and recycling rates.

 

Reycling bin in Exeter

33% of rubbish in our black waste bins could have gone in the green recycling bin or a garden waste bin, and another 12% could have been taken to a recycling bank or centre. But the most dramatic increase in recycling can be made by removing food waste from black bins, so Exeter Labour will complete the business case for doorstep food waste collections and work to introduce the service as soon as possible.


Labour have also pledged to continue to work with local organisations that are already helping residents and businesses to reduce the amount of food they throw away and encourage other initiatives like local community composting.

Exeter Labour Party’s Environment spokesperson, and candidate for Duryard & St James ward, Keith Owen, said: “Our first priority is continue to reduce the amount of waste we produce, and then to recycle as much of the rest as possible. Kerbside food waste collection is the best way to significantly improve our recycling rates and should be our priority. There is potential for savings to be made by sending the waste to recycling rather than burning it at the Energy from Waste plant.

“As recently reported, we have already launched a new Recycling Action Plan and have asked City Council officers to discuss the options for food waste with Devon County Council. If re-elected, we will complete work on a new business case for kerbside food waste collections and set out a clear timetable for implementing it.”

Challenging the Conservatives’ pledge to introduce kerbside glass recycling, Keith Owen added, “Exeter residents are already good at recycling glass, most of which is already recycled at bottle banks. Only 4% of rubbish in the black bins is glass [3], and glass can’t go into our current recycling lorries, which crush and compact all the material. Collecting mixed glass from households would also fetch a lower price then we get at present for separated glass via bottle banks."

Exeter Labour looks to introduce doorstep food waste collections

Exeter Labour has pledged to complete work on the business case for kerbside food waste collections and to introduce the service at the earliest opportunity, if re-elected to run the...

All Exeter children will be offered free swimming lessons before they finish primary school, Exeter Labour have pledged.

Exeter Labour thinks it's important that young people learn to swim as early as possible - not only to ensure they are safe and confident around water, but also because it gets children active.

A Swimming Certificate 

Exeter Labour spokesperson Rosie Denham said, “We are committed to helping residents to improve their health and wellbeing, and have been working with Active Devon to make Exeter the most active city in the South West by 2018

"Swimming is a great way to keep fit and improve well-being, as well as helping children to feel confident and safe in the water.

"We have a great opportunity to improve on the current offer when we approve a new operator for St Sidwell’s Point, and Exeter Labour will make sure that all children in the city have access to free swimming lessons before they finish primary school.”

And it's a move that's received the backing of the city's MP, Ben Bradshaw, who said: "Free swimming was introduced by the last Labour Government as part of our physical activity & anti-obesity drive, but this was scrapped by the coalition in June 2010. So it's great to see the forward looking Exeter Labour proposing to reinstate this offer for primary school children across the city."

Free swimming lessons for all primary school children, say Exeter Labour

All Exeter children will be offered free swimming lessons before they finish primary school, Exeter Labour have pledged. Exeter Labour thinks it's important that young people learn to swim as...

Bus, car and bikeCycling, walking and park and ride will be boosted and smart ticketing on buses and trains introduced to help tackle congestion and pollution in Exeter if Labour retains control of the council in May. The council will also insist on more frequent local services and stops at Exeter's train stations as both of the rail franchises serving the city come up for renewal. 

Exeter Labour pledge to set up a Transport Board to serve the city, bringing together transport providers, the public sector, cycling groups and others to develop a strategic plan to improve transport and reduce congestion, arguing the rural dominated County Council, which is formally responsible for transport in the city, does not give enough priority to Exeter's needs.

Labour's Exeter Transport Lead, Rachel Sutton said: "We've seen by their inaction on Exeter's new Bus Station, that Devon doesn't see Exeter as a priority."

"Exeter's economic success brings its own challenges, including traffic congestion and pollution. Labour will take measures to make alternatives to driving safer and more pleasant, while using new digital and data technologies being pioneered in the city to improve traffic flows."

"We will also make public transport easier to use with smart ticketing and better integration between services."

Councillor Sutton said the council would also undertake a strategic review of bus routes and timetables around the city to ensure they actually served the public by getting them where they wanted, when they wanted.

"With walking and cycling we will ensure new provision is based on up to date best practice, with safe, designated routes, avoiding where possible cyclists and pedestrians sharing the same space," she said. "We are developing pioneering technology with digital and data experts at Exeter City Futures which will help improve traffic flows and keep our city moving. We will also do more to provide alternatives for commuters who drive in and out of Exeter through better, expanded park and ride, the promotion of more car sharing and the expansion of our very successful car club schemes. Traffic congestion and pollution are challenges facing successful cities all around the world. If we want Exeter to continue to do well, while remaining a green am pleasant place to live, we have to tackle these challenges face on".

Better cycling, walking and park & ride provision to tackle congestion in Exeter under Labour

Cycling, walking and park and ride will be boosted and smart ticketing on buses and trains introduced to help tackle congestion and pollution in Exeter if Labour retains control of...

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