Fortnightly bin collections remain on Tories' agenda

A report to be discussed at tonight’s Environment Committee includes a plan B option to move away from weekly bin collections to fortnightly collections in order to ensure council savings targets are met.

Currently £481k of savings are planned to be made from a revised waste offer to increase recycling through various measures like introducing incentives, better education and communications, increasing the rate of recycling by residents living in flats and making it easier to recycle food.

But the report goes on to say “However it may become necessary to go to alternate weekly collection if recycling rates continue to plateau and/or the savings identified are not realised.”

Labour’s Environment Spokesperson, Cllr Alan Schneiderman said: "I am really concerned to see that Barnet council are again looking at dropping weekly bin collections in order to save money.

“There’s far more that could be done with a carrot rather than a stick approach, and I find it astonishing that the council are only just beginning to consider these options – especially given we have been pushing for more action on measures like encouraging flats to recycle.”

Ends.

Notes:

1. A copy of the Business Planning Report (Agenda Item 7) can be found here:

http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=695&MId=8334&Ver=4

2. The statement on bin collections can be found at item R2 on p3 of the following appendix:

http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s27101/Appendix%20A%20Savings%20Targets.pdf

For more information contact:

Cllr Alan Schneiderman: cllr.a.schneiderman@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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