Cabinet member quits following controversial rollout of new recycling bags in Lichfield and Burntwood – Lichfield Live®

A cabinet member for Lichfield District Council has resigned following issues with the rollout of new recycling bags.

Advisor Ashley Yeates

The local authority said Cllr Yeates – who held the climate change and recycling portfolio – would leave to “focus on his entertainment business”.

The Mease Valley Tory representative had come under fire in recent weeks after confusion over a new recycling bag saw homes across Lichfield and Burntwood receive bags a third smaller than they should have been.

Cllr Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said:

“I would like to thank Cllr Yeates for his work over the past few years and wish him all the best as he continues to serve his residents as District Councillor.

Councilor Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council

Customer Liz Little
Customer Liz Little

Cllr Liz Little will return to the firm with responsibility for the joint waste service from tomorrow (May 10).

She had previously quit the local authority’s leadership group after a clash over plans to build thousands of new homes in the district.

Cllr Pullen said the new cabinet member’s experience in commercial waste management would enable him to “start to address the unease” surrounding the rollout of the new dual recycling system.

“I am delighted to have Liz join us at the firm – she has an enviable knowledge of the waste and recycling industry and I know she will begin to meticulously tackle what is a complex challenge.”

Councilor Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council

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