Fortnightly rubbish collections – Liberal Democrat success

Haringey Liberal Democrats have claimed a success after Haringey Council finally declared that it would not introduce fortnightly rubbish collections.

Lib Dems launched their opposition to the introduction to fortnightly collections on 23rd June 2007 saying that Haringey would not be suited to alternate week collections and called on the Labour Council to verify its uncertain position. The Labour Cabinet member for Environment clarified the Council position at last night’s full council meeting.

Cllr Bob Hare, Lib Dem Sustainability Spokesperson, comments:

“Our pressure has ensured that Labour cannot think about introducing fortnightly collections in Haringey. Alternate week collections will never be right for an urban area like Haringey and Labour should have made this clear from the start. Finally our demands have forced Labour to nail their colours to the mast and confirm to residents that they have no plans to introduce fortnightly collections.”

Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, adds:

“Of course we want to see boosted rates of recycling, but risking public health and safety in the process is not the answer.As much as Labour might scoff at our pre-emptive campaign, this is an issue residents have real concerns about.I am pleased that we can now put their minds at rest.”