Green bin collections in Rugby to stop at Christmas - The Rugby Observer

Green bin collections in Rugby to stop at Christmas

Rugby Editorial 6th Oct, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

GREEN bin collections will be suspended over Christmas to save council funds, leading to fears extra food and garden waste could ‘spoil the Christmas spirit’ for residents.

But Rugby Borough Council (RBC) says it will save taxpayers £25,000 and allow for future expansions in bin collection services, while causing minimal disruption during the quietest period of the year for green bin collection.

A proposal to temporarily halt the service for three months as of December 19 was agreed by the council at a cabinet meeting on Monday (October 3), with plans to reintroduce an improved service next March.

The Rugby Liberal Democrats argued the Conservative-led administration should call a halt to their decision and consider residents’ struggle over the Christmas season.

Rugby Lib Dem leader Coun Jerry Roodhouse told the Observer: “The report to Cabinet suggested a cross-party working group but it seems like the decision to stop green bins at Christmas has already been made by the Tories.

“The Lib Dems are asking what will happen to extra food and garden waste over this period. We do not want people’s Christmas spirit spoilt by worrying about their rubbish.”

The council said the service was one of their biggest expenses, and savings would need to be made before expanding its fleet of bin lorries and collectors to serve a growing population.

They also highlighted how waste collection levels are lower in the Christmas season, making it the best possible time for the freeze in service.

RBC environment spokeswoman Coun Lisa Parker said: “Data collected over several years shows us that very few households put out any green bin waste over the winter – but our waste collection crews still have to drive down every street and check every home in case a bin has been put out.

“At the same time we have to reorganise our rounds to make sure that every household has a black bin collection during the Christmas break – something that we’ve not had to do before.

“It makes sense to make these two changes at the same time, saving taxpayers around £25,000 while making sure that waste collection services continue over the Christmas period.”

The council is due to publish more information on changes to collection times in the run-up to Christmas.


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