Ulster Unionist Westminster candidate for East Londonderry, Councillor Richard Holmes, has welcomed criticism of big name brands by the UK Recycling Association.
Cllr Richard Holmes said:
“Serving on the Environment Committee of the Causeway Coast and Glens and Council, I know all too well the amount of ratepayers’ money that is spent managing waste. This is why it is vital that we ‘reuse, recycle and reduce’ household waste. At a time when local government budgets are being squeezed it is important that we are spending as little as possible on waste management, so more money can go towards other local services.
“I therefore welcome the criticism levelled today at brands like Pringles and Lucozade and other similarly designed products which are extremely difficult to recycle. It is crucial that when designing packaging, manufacturers make their products as easy as possible to recycle.
“It is also encouraging that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has introduced a prize fund to encourage innovation in general product design and materials, so that items are easier to recycle.
“If elected to Parliament, it will be a priority of mine to ensure environmental protection is high on the agenda, and that leaving the EU does not lead to an un-regulated situation where the environment is not protected.”