More should be done to enhance Birmingham’s environmental performance, despite it climbing in a new league table on sustainability, according to a city MP.
Birmingham inched from 17th to 15th in a table of the UK’s 20 largest cities featured in Forum for the Future’s annual Sustainable Cities Index published today.
But Labour MP Steve McCabe claimed that was not good enough and that the city council should try harder to reduce Birmingham’s carbon footprint.
He said: “I think the household recycling service is very poor - and I hear that a lot from my constituents.
“If the council wants people to recycle and treat the environment seriously it’s got to be easier and a more positive experience.
“You see at weekends people taking stuff to tips because they are fed up waiting for it to be collected.
“They are using diesel and petrol in their cars to do this.”
For the second successive year Newcastle topped the index which ranked cities on recycling, air quality, waste, green space, environmental projects and commitments, transport and education.
Most of Birmingham’s student population live in McCabe’s Selly Oak constituency which is home to the University of Birmingham’s main campus.
“In other areas there needs to be more engagement with students,” he added.
“They’ve asked for more wheelie bins to keep excess rubbish off the streets but no one is listening.
“Many councils have student liaison officers to improve the environment for students and other residents but Birmingham does not entertain that.”
No-one was immediately available for comment from the city council.
:: The league table of the 20 largest UK cities, judged on their efforts on sustainability is: