Liberal Democrats concerned over pink sacks shortage in Milton Keynes

Councillor Douglas McCall with a pink sack
Councillor Douglas McCall with a pink sack

Liberal Democrats say the shortage of Milton Keynes Council’s pink sacks could put recycling rates at risk.

The Citizen revealed a shortage of pink sacks used for recyclable waste meant residents were being advised to pick up sacks from several outlets across the city.

Lib Dem group leader Councillor Douglas McCall, who introduced the pink sacks when he was cabinet member for the environment, said: “When the Lib Dems ran the council we brought back weekly recycling collections and introduced the pink sacks. One of our important polices to achieve high recycling rates was to make free pink sacks readily available to residents so that there was no barrier to recycling.

“Now the Tories are hiding pink sacks behind the counter and making residents queue up to get a roll of sacks.

“Our fear is that if you make it difficult for residents to get sacks then they will stop recycling and recycling rates will tumble, as they did when Labour last ran the council.

“We don’t want residents dumping their recyclable waste in black sacks slashing Milton Keynes recycling rates. Therefore, we are calling on the council to immediately return to free unhindered access to pink sacks.”