Contingency plans should have been put in place earlier to keep recycling collections running during industrial action, say Lib Dem Councillors. Strikes and an overtime ban have affected collections since the start of the year and recycling has not been picked up in some areas since Christmas.
Councillor Tim Ball (above left, Lib Dem Councillor for Twerton) said:
“I have had reports of rats getting into the recycling, as well as litter and debris being spread across the streets. Local people are furious about the mess.”
“Some residents have started to put their recycling in with the black bagged rubbish, which is being picked up normally. The Council must get a regular service running soon, and actively work to encourage a return to recycling."
Lib Dem Group Leader, Councillor Dine Romero (above right, Lib Dem Councillor for Southdown), added:
“It’s not good enough for the Conservatives to use the excuse that this crisis is not of the Council's making. Some people have not had their recycling collected since Christmas, but it is only this week that the Council has stepped in to try and tackle the back log.”
“Notice of industrial action must have been given and a ballot would have taken place, so why weren't residents warned and contingency plans put in place earlier?”
“In 2013/2014, 72% of local waste was recycled, which was a 30% increase from 2009/2010. We need to keep reducing the amount of rubbish going to landfill, to help protect the environment and save public money – each tonne of rubbish not recycled costs £80 in landfill taxes.”