Saturday, 14 May 2011

Weekly Bins Campaign Success!

Cornwall is set to keep weekly black bag waste collections despite proposals by the Council to move to a fortnightly service for black bag waste. On Wednesday the Cabinet will agree a new waste contract that keeps weekly collections after residents voted by 65% to 35% in favour of the weekly service.

I trust that the Conservative led Cabinet to respect that view and drop any plans to move to a fortnightly service.

My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I campaigned to keep the weekly bin collections and fortnightly recycling service because we believed that the consequences of a change for our tourist industry and for those homes without outside space would have been severe.

But there is a concern that the Tory Cabinet may be about to break their promise of a weekly food collection. The ballot paper given to residents made it clear that this new service would be offered whichever option was chosen. However it is only listed as an option in the Cabinet papers. This was explained as allowing legally watertight bids to be made by operators, but we need to make sure that the Council is not allowed to sneak out of that pledge now.

There is no doubt that fortnightly collections would have helped boost the recycling rate. But I think there are many other ways of also doing so and the Council should concentrate on these in future rather than the hugely unpopular threat to abandon weekly rubbish collections.

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