By Mike Sheridan, Local Democracy Reporter

SHROPSHIRE households are producing more rubbish than any other area in mainland England, according to Shropshire Green Party councillors.

Plans to reduce the amount thrown away in the county took a step forward after Shropshire Council agreed to look into developing a ‘waste minimisation strategy’ following a motion adopted at a full council meeting on December 14.

Councillors say the authority used to be in the ‘Premier League’ for household waste and recycling rates, but the lack of a strategy has led to a decline in performance.

“In the last five years alone the recycling rate has declined every single year, in spite of the fact that we’ve offered a new wheeled bin for recycling. That hasn’t stopped the decline in our recycling performance,” said councillor Duncan Kerr.

“Since 2020 we have produced more household waste than any other mainland council in England per household.”

Plans for the strategy were first mooted in 2021, but were voted down by councillors amid fears they could lead to the introduction of charges for removing household green waste.

The council last had a formal waste strategy in 2012.

Now councillors and officers will work on a plan to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill before reporting back to the council next year.

“The old strategy wasn’t perfect but it did lead to a period when Shropshire Council was in the ‘Premier League’, the top 10 for recycling, Since then our recycling performance has consistently declined,” added Councillor Kerr.

Conservative councillor Ian Nellins said many of the initiatives and areas of focus that came out of the previous strategy are still going.

He added that the council was performing above its targets for waste and recycling.

“A waste minimisation plan was written in 2019 for use internally and the waste team continue to work to that,” he said.

“In 21/22 Shropshire Council was ranked 12th highest performing unitary council out of 62.”

Liberal Democrat group leader Roger Evans welcomed the motion, but said he would not agree to any plans which involved charging for green waste.

The motion was supported at full council, with a deadline for adoption of a strategy set for September 2024