Letter of the week: why close the tip?

The popularity of supermarkets such as Tesco is largely due to convenience, particularly with people leading busy lives. One can drive up in the car, park for free, have a wide choice of goods, put them in the boot, and return home without the need to visit a multitude of different shops.

In the case of Rugby’s Tesco, many shoppers have also found it convenient to set off with waste items in their boot, and to dispose of them at the Tesco recycle facility, before doing their shopping. This would appear to be eminently sensible, and the shopper is responsibly improving the borough’s recycling profile - something which Rugby Borough Council is always banging on about, and encouraging us to do.

This begs the question, why does the householder not simply use his wheelie bins? The answer must be because he either doesn’t have access to bins, or the fortnightly collection RBC has visited upon us, means the bins become full, prior the collection date. Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, believes bi-weekly collections have only been introduced by local authorities not providing a proper service to the people, and has promised to do something about it.

The Tesco recycling facility has proved so popular that the council was having to send collection vehicles three times a day to empty it. So what has the council decided to do? Close it! Brilliant! And do they think all the waste that would have been left at the Tesco site will now simply evaporate? Unfortunately human nature being what it is, a proportion of the three lorry loads a day, will surely end up in hedgerows, lay-bys, and similar.

But RBC are far from contrite and admit no responsibility for the situation. Instead, they use emotive words such as fly-tipping, contamination, misuse of the facility, and other criminal and anti-social behaviour, as the excuse to wash their hands of the site.

I expect this short-sighted approach has money saving at its root. No bad thing in itself, but what a pity that RBC and the highly profitable Tesco could not come to some solution, which better serves the community.

Dr DM Sharp,
 Lower Hillmorton Road, Rugby.