Wirral Libdem Councillors objected to the new waste collection proposals. The call in led by Oxton Councillor Stuart Kelly has demanded that Wirral’s Labour Cabinet should hold a more wide-ranging consultation on the issue of recycling and household waste.
Councils are supposed to meet a government target of recycling 50% of waste by 2020, but Wirral only manages 36% at present.
The Cabinet was poised to launch a ‘consultation’ on two possible options, but the intervention means the Council will have to look at the issue again.
Councillor Kelly said: “Wirral’s Cabinet were presented with 11 options but are only planning to consult on two – either to collect green bins every three weeks instead of two, as at present, or to reduce the size of the green bin by nearly half.
“Neither of these options is acceptable and the Council needs to think again.
“The Council needs to engage in more meaningful discussion with residents about recycling, these options will only serve to alienate people and make it harder to achieve the 50% recycling rates they are aiming for.
“This isn’t a consultation – they have clearly made their minds up to move to a three weekly collection for green bins, this will be difficult for families to manage.”
To make up for the reduced bin capacity there are plans to issue every household with a 23 litre food caddy for food waste which would be collected weekly.
Liberal Democrats are fully committed to supporting recycling, but the Cabinet’s proposals raise a number of questions:
- It is claimed that waste food makes up 40% of the contents of our green bins. That sounds like a number plucked out of the air. What is the evidence for this figure?
- How are larger families supposed to cope when bins overflow before collection day?
- What if you are away on collection day, or forget to put the bin out? That would mean storing up six weeks’ worth of rubbish before the next collection.
- What will be the cost of an additional weekly collection of food waste?
- The recycling rate went down when the Council started charging for emptying the brown garden refuse bins. If they want to increase recycling, wouldn’t it be better to restore the old free service? Any loss of revenue could be offset against the increased levy Wirral pays for our waste disposal.
There is a petition to SIGN HERE that has reached over 1000 signature so far calling for the Labour cabinet to think again.