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Tories "sleeping on the job" after recycling plant breaks down

December 6, 2012 1:14 PM

A leading Cambridgeshire Tory admitted today (Thursday, December 6) that he has no idea how to prevent thousands of tonnes of waste going to landfill after a £42 million recycling plant broke down three months ago.

Mathew Shuter, Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Waste could give no idea when the Waterbeach plant would re-open when challenged on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

His lack of action has appalled Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats who accused the Tories of "sleeping on the job".

Kevin Wilkins, Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet Member for Planning, Enterprise and Environment said: "It is incredible and unacceptable that the county council has failed to bring forward a plan B for what to do about the huge amount of waste going into landfill. The Tories have known about this problem for three months and yet are no nearer to finding a solution. There's no excuse for this delay.

"It's clear that the Conservatives are asleep managing a large contract once again. They are acting if they don't care about 3,000 tonnes of waste unnecessarily going to landfill every month. Cllr Shuter protests to the contrary, but there's no evidence to back it up. And while the Tories are sleeping on the job more and more rubbish that should be recycled is being dumped in our countryside."