Rugby green bin collections to be put on hold for three months at Christmas

The collections will resume in March.
The collections will resume in March.

Rugby’s green bin collection service is set to be suspended for a three-month period over Christmas.

The decision was reached at a cabinet meeting of the Conservative-led Rugby Borough Council on Monday.

Exact dates for the final green bin collections in December are yet to be confirmed but the service is likely to be put on hold until just before Christmas. A council spokesperson added that homeowners will be informed of the changes well in advance.

Cllr Lisa Parker, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and public realm, 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’s political groups have now been invited to join a cabinet working party that will review the waste collection service.

It will look at how other councils run their service and how route-optimisation software can make collection rounds as efficient as possible.

But Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, leader of the Liberal Democrats, is unhappy with the move. He said: “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.

“We think the decision should go to a Scrutiny Committee where all the options can be considered thoroughly.

“It’s clear that the Tories have rushed to cut a service that people like and the question has to be asked - why now?”