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Labour MPs support Croydon Council's waste policy
14/06/2011 20:49:00

This afternoon, Caroline Spelman, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, answered a question about the Government's waste review. It was interesting to hear several Labour MPs - most notably Joan Ruddock and Ben Bradshaw - supporting Croydon Council's plans to introduce a weekly collection of food waste for recycling and a fortnightly collection of rubbish for landfill. You can read the full exchange here.

Our local Labour councillors, who bizarrely seem intent on opposing this proposal to recycle much more of our waste, ought to take note.

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On 16/06/2011 17:24:00 Simon wrote:
I object to fortnightly collections on principal but I welcome the opportunity to recycle more. There is too much non-recyclable waste and too many non-recycling households for this decrease in service to have a positive impact. Add in the fact that the Council does not effectively respond to changes affecting rented properties (i.e. bins supplied for 2 people not changed when the house then contains 3, 4 or more) and I foresee a large increase in the amount of rubbish blowing around our streets and an increase in vermin.

Standards of waste collection have dropped over the years/decades (I remember when there were rubbish bins available in all public areas and when you didn't have to place your bin in the street for collection) and this is yet another degradation. I welcome to opportunity to recycle more, but the decrease in the collection of the bulk of the rubbish is actually going to be welcome news to Labour councillors who will expect to be running the council come the next local elections!

The impact on my own waste will be minimal but the impact from the waste of my neighbours is going to be awful. They are already non-recyclers and already have too much waste for the bins supplied. No increase in bins simply means that two large wheelie bins worth of rubbish will be piled in the street. Lovely! Even if they do recycle food waste of 25-30% of their total waste (Lord alone knows where they dream these figures up from) that still means significant additional overflow.

Anyone who supports non-weekly collection of the bulk of household waste looses my vote next election. Just so you know!




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