“The Lib Dems are strongly opposing Labour’s plan to only collect black bins every three weeks,” said Cllr Mark Hunter. “We believe it’s a bad idea. The council will have to borrow money over 20 years to pay for new bins when t is only five years ago that all households were given a brand new black bin as part of a well thought out, comprehensive recycling scheme.
“Despite still being one of the best in the country, Stockport’s recycling rate has dipped. We believe that keeping the existing waste collection system, supported by investment in the recycling team who did so well to support Stockport residents through the initial roll out in 2011, is the best way to get our recycling rates back up to the very top levels.
“This is an entirely wrong-headed approach which, at best, represents a massive gamble of an established and successful service and, at worst, is a reckless waste of council tax payers’ money. ”
“Labour are presenting three-weekly bin collections as a saving,” said Cllr Lisa Smart, “but the saving comes from getting Stockport residents to recycle more, not from collecting the bins less often. Stockport residents are already some of the best recyclers in the country and these numbers just don’t add up. There are much better and cheaper ways to boost recycling rates.”
Please give your views on the council’s official consultation site here.