Saturday, September 27, 2008

Conservatives to Restore Weekly Rubbish Collections

City Conservatives welcome the news that a Conservative Government would help to restore weekly refuse collections.

The Labour Government has been bullying individuals, families and local councils with ever more draconian measures to force them to recycle, including land fill taxes for overstretched local authorities, the prospect of microchips in bins and encouraging neighbours to spy on each other.

Conservative-controlled Cambridgeshire County Council is streets ahead of the rest of the country with a recycling rate of 54.4%, compared with an average for England of 33.9%. A survey by the County Council shows that residents are enthusiastic about playing their part in looking after our planet. But many people, while willing to do their best to separate their rubbish out fully, find the two-week gap between collections leads to storage difficulties and hygiene problems.

The proposals from Conservative Local Government spokesman Eric Pickles include:

  • Changing Whitehall policy so that there is an expectation that councils should offer full weekly collections, reversing Labour’s policy of bin cuts

  • Offering central funding to all councils for a proper weekly collection, as well as comprehensive recycling collections

  • Scrapping Gordon Brown’s plans for new bin taxes

Local campaigner Andrew Bower says, "Improving the service experienced by residents does not have to lead to a reduction in recycling rates. With some imagination we should be able to improve both. These latest proposals from Eric Pickles are just what we need in Cambridge."

27th September 2008

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