Sandy Martin, MP for Ipswich & Shadow Minister for Waste & Recycling, Labour Party
Sandy Martin was elected as Member of Parliament for Ipswich in 2017, and was appointed as Labour’s first Shadow Minister for Waste & Recycling in October 2018. In that capacity, he is presently engaged in drawing up a comprehensive waste and recycling strategy for Labour.
Prior to election to Parliament, Sandy was a Suffolk County Councillor for 20 years, and Labour Group Leader from 2009 to 2017. He has served as a member of Labour’s National Policy Forum, helping to formulate Labour Policy, and stood for election to the European Parliament in 2014.
In 1999 Sandy was asked to be the County Council lead on Suffolk’s Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy, in which capacity he steered the County Council’s approach, chaired the meetings in rotation with the Districts, and helped write the Strategy. The Strategy was published in 2001 with unanimous buy-in from the District Councils and was put into operation almost immediately, with financial support from the Government via Local Strategic Partnership funding and hypothecated landfill tax. The strategy involved a 3-bin collection system – mixed organic, mixed dry recyclable, and residual – a “clean” MRF, and a covered composting facility. Recycling levels in Suffolk rose from approximately 14% to approximately 45% over a 3-year period.
Prior to being a County Councillor, Sandy was Coordinator of Ipswich & District Friends of the Earth. Sandy’s first political campaign, at the age of 15, was against the ending of Corona’s soft-drink bottle deposit. He subsequently joined Friends of the Earth and SERA, the Labour Party’s affiliated environment body, and has been involved in numerous environmental campaigns since.
Sandy has lived in Ipswich with his civil partner for 26 years.