The decision to suspend Rugby’s green bin collection service for three months over Christmas has been labelled a waste of money.
Local Liberal Democrats have strongly criticised Rugby Borough Council’s decision to halt collections over the festive period, saying that it won’t actually save any money.
County councillor Jerry Roodhouse said that any savings made by the borough council would have to be passed onto the county council and that the move is sending out the wrong message to residents over recycling.
Cllr Roodhouse said: “The Conservative cabinet’s decision to stop the green bin collection for three months is purely about a cost-cutting exercise and they are doing it without any pre-consultation with residents or the Warwickshire Waste Partnership which they signed up to.
“They don’t even seem to have a strategy. At the very least you should have a monthly green bin collection especially over the Christmas period.”
“Liberal Democrats say is this just the start? Will the council want to start charging for all collections?
“We all know that there is less green waste over winter but the green bins are being used for food waste as well. This cut is expected to save around £25,000. Interestingly, the county council will get a hit as it has to pay for disposal and, guess what, they are talking of £25,000 (landfill tax) or more in extra costs.
“Liberal Democrats believe that Rugby Borough Council should have taken action a lot earlier and also been working harder on getting more residents to recycle. We say that the move by RBC is just sending the completely wrong message, so all the hard work and financial resources (your money) already put in, will just go out of the window.”
A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: “The green bin collection service will be suspended this Christmas for three months, and all residents will be notified of the changes and alternative arrangements for food waste collection by early December.
“A cross-party cabinet working group has been set up to consider the wider waste collection service and how to make sure that it is as efficient as possible.”