Monday, January 01, 2007

Green Waste

Just when you thought Bournemouth’s recycling scheme couldn’t get any less user friendly, the Council suspend green waste collections using the bio degradable bags on December 22nd.

Apparently the reason for this is that there is no need for green waste collections until after Easter (which this year is at the end of the first week of April). I suspect the real reason comes down to lack of funding for the scheme. Over spending elsewhere in the Council, particularly in Social Services, has resulted in a huge deficit.

Apparently the Cabinet Member for Resources (and my own ward colleague here in Littledown and Iford), Cllr Fudge, is calling the Conservatives’ pledge to introduce green waste recycling as financially irresponsible. That’s funny, particularly when you consider Conservative controlled Poole can run an effective and popular green waste collected scheme and yet they receive £126 less per head of population in grant settlement than Bournemouth (£168 per person in Poole vs £294 per person in Bournemouth).

We should be learning their lessons and applying their policies in Bournemouth as soon as possible.

1 comment:

Gavin Ayling said...

Waste recycling is common sense not least economically... I shake my head at Councillor Fudge