Community recycling head slams government ‘mixed messages’
The new chair of the Community Recycling Network has slammed Defra for its ‘lack of real support’ for the sector.
And, Lucy Danger criticised the government as a whole for its ‘mixed messages’ concerning its approach towards the community recycling sector.
In her first public move since her appointment announced last week, Ms Danger criticised recent speeches made by environment secretary David Miliband and communities minister Ed Miliband.
She said: ‘It seems to me that the government is giving out mixed messages. Ministers say they value the community sector and social enterprises and want to assist in their growth, yet there is still a lack of real support to help realise these claims.’
Ms Danger said that in her forthcoming period in office, she hoped more support would become available to community enterprises.
She said: ‘During my time as chair of the CRN UK I will work to strengthen the role of social enterprises in sustainable work management, and in return I hope our sector will see more tangible and strategically-focused support.’
Ms Danger’s comments echo calls made earlier this month by Newport city council, which urged the government to address the ‘terrific’ barriers facing the community sector in competing for recycling contracts (see letsrecycle.com story).
Ms Danger, who is managing director of Manchester social enterprise EMERGE Recycling, replaces Mike Crawford of Cleanstream Ltd. Mr Crawford served as chair for three years.
CRN UK provides advice, information and training to over 300 members of the community and voluntary waste sector. It also represents the sector to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling alongside social and environmental change.