THE leader of the Green Party in Kirklees has backed the Examiner's campaign for schools to have free recycling facilities.

Clr Andrew Cooper said it is vital to get young children involved in recycling.

He said: "I certainly think the council should look at recycling more waste from schools, but also how they can reduce the amount of waste produced in the first place.

"We should set an example from the earliest age."

The Examiner launched its campaign yesterday to help schools who were trying to recycle but having their efforts blocked by Kirklees Council.

The council is insisting that schools have to pay an extra £30 a year to have recyclable goods collected separately from their general waste.

Schools - which are classed as businesses by the authority - already pay thousands of pounds in rates and refuse collection charges every year.

Clr Cooper has pledged to ask council officers to find out how much it would cost for recycling facilities to be provided at all Kirklees schools.

If the figures are feasible, he said the Green party could include a request for the cash in its proposals for the 2007 Kirklees Council budget, which is set to be decided on February 28.

He blamed the lack of recycling facilities in schools on the fact that there are no incentives from the Government.

"It's been difficult because there are no incentives from central Government for non-domestic waste to be recycled.

"There are lots of incentives for domestic waste to be recycled - such as savings on Landfill Tax.

"It's crazy, when we are trying to tell kids about the importance of the environment, that the Government doesn't give incentives for schools to recycle."

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