LANDLORDS of student houses in West Lancashire should be made to provide recycling bins says MP Rosie Cooper.
Many students at the moment are not being provided with a recycling bin by either their landlord or the council, leaving them with no option but to put recyclable items in their rubbish bins.
West Lancashire Borough Council say it is the responsibility of the property management company to buy recycling bins.
But while HMOs (houses of multiple occupancy) are required to have general waste bins they do not all have recycling bins.
The MP said: “Students want to recycle but shouldn’t have to purchase the bins themselves!
“Both the council and student property owners should be doing all they can to facilitate and encourage their student tenants to recycle.
“It is disappointing that WLBC are not insisting that landlords provide recycling bins.
“The council is responsible for registering all the ‘Houses of Multiple Occupancy’ in the area, plenty of which will be student occupied, and require them to comply with the council’s storage and waste disposal scheme.
“Although the HMO regulations require owners provide enough rubbish bins, it appears there is no requirement for recycling!
“There are currently 237 HMOs in West Lancashire and I have asked the council how many of them currently have a recycle bin, and whether they would consider imposing a requirement for HMOs to all purchase recycling bins.”
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “We welcome Rosie Cooper's campaign to provide recycling bins to all households and this is something the council offers to properties that are deemed ‘Houses of Multiple Occupation.’
However, the final decision about which bins to provide is made by the landlord based on a number of factors, such a bin storage areas, cost or access to individual flats.
“The council will happily work alongside any landlord to provide recycling facilities where this is practically possible and we strongly encourage all landlords to find solutions that allow their tenants to recycle as much as possible.
“There is currently no legislation that would allow us to force landlords to provide recycling bins and we would welcome Rosie Cooper MP raising this in Westminster.”