Please see below my letter to Clive Jones, Leader of Wokingham Borough Council:
I was most disappointed to read the Council’s Consultation document on refuse disposal. There are only two services which all householders and Council taxpayers use and rely on from the Council, the provision of roads and the weekly waste collection. One of the popular things about the services provided by Wokingham in recent years has been the continued provision of a weekly refuse service, combined with substantial recycling of many parts of domestic refuse. I think you would be wise to continue with a weekly waste collection.
What is the cost of providing wheelie bins for all and who pays? If these bins are made of plastic what is the environmental impact of their production?
It may be possible to provide additional recycling facilities, as we all agree the less we put to landfill the better. It is important not to let large quantities of waste build up by the side of people’s houses, given the way these can be disrupted by local animals or affected by wind and weather. I would urge you to think again, whilst seeing what more can be done to reuse, recycle or use for energy conversion more of the waste streams coming from our homes.
Will the Council act in accordance with public wishes on weekly collections in response to the consultation?
Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP, DPhil FCSI