Refuse Collections

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 2nd February 2015.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Liberal Democrat, Cardiff Central 2:30 pm, 2nd February 2015

What discussions he has had with local authorities on the frequency of the collection of black bins.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

DCLG Ministers often discuss the frequency of waste collection with local authorities, and our £250 million weekly collection support scheme has helped more than 80 councils to provide weekly collections. About 40 innovative recycling reward schemes are making life easier for 6 million households.

Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Liberal Democrat, Cardiff Central

I am sure the Minister is aware that Labour-run Cardiff council is currently consulting on the possibility of collecting black bins and bags just once a month. Of all people, Jeremy Clarkson has said:

“There will be so much litter in the streets that rats and plague are sure to follow.”

Notwithstanding the hyperbole, does the Minister share my concern that monthly collections will cause Cardiff to become dirty and full of rubbish, with a growing problem of fly-tipping, rats and seagulls?

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Well spoken Jennifer.

For an analysis of the problem of litter and waste please go to www.cleanhighways.co.uk

Peter Silverman

Submitted by Peter Silverman

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Those sound like more wise words from Jeremy Clarkson.

Last year the council was presented with a significant petition against the proposal. Only 27% of residents believe that they can manage with a monthly rubbish collection. The hon. Lady is right: we have poor Labour leadership in Wales nationally, and we clearly have very poor Labour leadership locally in Cardiff.

Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North

What advice would my hon. Friend give residents in Bury, where, without any consultation and despite overwhelming opposition, the Labour-run council has already reduced the frequency of the black bin collection not from weekly to fortnightly, but from fortnightly to three-weekly?

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

My clear advice would be to vote Conservative in the forthcoming elections.