29 March 2018

Labour guarantees weekly bin collections in Lambeth

Lambeth Labour has committed to maintaining weekly bin collections as part of its manifesto for May's local elections.

Despite government funding cuts of over £250 million forced on Lambeth council by the Conservative government, Labour locally has pledged to protect weekly collections of residual waste and recycling. Across the country, over three-quarters of councils have abandoned weekly collections due to government cuts in funding, but Lambeth has always maintained the service.  Since 2014, Lambeth Labour has saved £450,000 a year by introducing new green bins and at the same time increased the rate of recycling.

Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing said:
"Collecting people's bins is the most basic service that the council delivers - and residents rightly expect that it should happen regularly and efficiently.

We guarantee to collect people's bins every week - it's one of the key services that residents pay their council tax for. We're able to do that because Labour has managed Lambeth council well, improving services and cutting down on waste despite huge government cuts.

And after the Green Party leader, who is standing for election in Lambeth, went on national TV to argue for an end to weekly collections, residents rightly are concerned that Lambeth could end up looking like Brighton when it was run by the Greens, with huge mounds of rubbish piled up in the streets."
Local councillors - Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop - said
"Maintaining weekly bin collections is the right move by Labour and we are sure this will be welcomed by Vassall residents.
Labour's full manifesto for a better, fairer Lambeth is available at lambeth-labour-manifesto.org

The impact of the manifesto for residents in Vassall can be read here.