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Posted by: John Brace | 4th July 2016

Plans to consult on changes to bin collections put on hold as Cllr Stuart Kelly requires councillors to look again at Cabinet decision

Plans to consult on changes to bin collections put on hold as Cllr Stuart Kelly requires councillors to look again at Cabinet decision

                                    

Councillor Stuart Kelly explains to the Coordinating Committee why he disagrees with the Cabinet decision about Forest Schools and Healthy Homes 18th September 2014 Committee Room 1, Wallasey Town Hall

Councillor Stuart Kelly explains to the Coordinating Committee why he disagrees with the Cabinet decision about Forest Schools and Healthy Homes 18th September 2014 Committee Room 1, Wallasey Town Hall

Councillor Stuart Kelly, who is pictured above at a “call-in” meeting in 2014, which you can read about at Cllr Stuart “Robin Hood” Kelly takes on Cllr Phil “Sheriff of Nottingham” Davies on a matter involving Wirral’s forest has started another call-in.

Cllr Stuart Kelly’s call-in is of the Labour Cabinet’s decision made last week to consult on changes to the bin collections.

The following councillors have “called-in” the decision, which will now be looked at again.

Councillor Stuart Kelly (Lib Dem)
Councillor Phil Gilchrist (Lib Dem)
Councillor Alan Brighouse (Lib Dem)
Councillor Chris Carubia (Lib Dem)
Councillor Dave Mitchell (Lib Dem)
Councillor Ian Lewis (Conservative)

Councillor Moira McLaughlin’s report to Council next week states, “Contrary to the previous municipal year, there were no call-in meetings required during 2015/16.

In fact the Coordinating Committee (to which call-ins used to go) has been recently abolished.

However, there is background to the Cabinet decision about consulting on changes to how rubbish is collected at Councillors on Wirral Council’s Labour Cabinet to make decision today on public consultation over changes to green bin collection and food waste collection from Wirral’s residents and the Cabinet meeting at which it was decided can be watched below (starting at the 25 minute 21 second mark).

Cllr Stuart Kelly gives his reasons for the call-in as follows, “[it] is wrong to consult on changes to the collection of waste in Wirral based upon only presenting two options to improve recycling to the public, including the possibility of moving to a three weekly collection of residual waste. This decision effectively limits the feedback that the council could receive from residents on the best ways of achieving 50% or more recycling rates within their communities.

This call in requests that cabinet engage in a more open and wide ranging consultation on waste management with the people of Wirral over a longer three month period in order to gauge public opinion of the cabinets 3 weekly option and to consider alternatives.”

Wirral Council’s Cabinet meeting 27th June 2016 (item 9 Domestic Refuse Collection Outline Business Case starts at 25 minutes 21 seconds)

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  1. They are thinking of a three week gap in collecting waste, is just plain stupid!
    What do they expect house holds to do with the rest of it, keep till the bin men call again.
    When Wirral started on the path of two bins, didn’t we get all the hype that Wirral was now recycling 90% of waste, so over the years this figure has gone down to 37%, maybe they need to look at who gave those high figures out in the first place and was there any true it it, or look why Wirral isn’t recycling as it should, i know lots of people that don’t even use their grey bin, everything goes in the green,
    Maybe they should have a bonus scheme in place for the best street in Wirral that recycles the most, say a £100 per house of their Council tax.
    There other thing they should think about is changing the name/word RECYCLE to how to make MONEY, as the amount of bin lorrires on own roads these days is mind blowing.

    • The choices (in relation to the green bin) that the Cabinet agreed to consult on were:

      a) a smaller green bin, but still collected fortnightly

      or

      b) same size green bin, but collected every three weeks

      The reason it’s gone down to 37% is complex, but it’s a combination of charging for the brown bin collection (which meant some people put grass clippings in the green bin so they’re not recycled), plus all the scare stories about people putting things that can’t be recycled in the grey bin.

      As discussed at the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority meeting, how much they get for recycled paper etc depends on what the market will pay them (but it’s cheaper than sending it to landfill or as will soon happen sending it on a train to the North-East to be burnt).

  2. G’day John

    This crass crud and dross at wirral can’t even get collecting the shit right.

    Let’s all go and play footgolf at the Open at Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters.

    Ooroo

    James

    • There was a time not so long ago, when there was a multi-party Cabinet on Wirral and negotiations over bin collections broke down.

      The collections stopped and the rubbish started piling up the streets.

      In fact that’s the reason as far as I remember Labour always give for not serving in a Cabinet with the Tories.

  3. The reason recycling is a joke on the Wirral is that the council have not invested in equipment to be able to fully utilise the potential of recycling.
    They keep making excuses but always it comes back to blaming householders.
    WIRRAL COUNCIL MAKE YOURSELF FIT FOR PURPOSE OR GO.

    • Wirral Council’s duty is to collect the rubbish and recycling. However it’s in their interests to promote recycling as it’s cheaper in disposal costs to deal with a tonne of recycled waste than a tonne of rubbish in the green bin.

      I do agree with you that if Wirral Council took extra categories of recycled waste in the grey bin (such as shredded paper or plastic bags) then it would improve their recycling rates.

      Householders do what they can, but Wirral Council has to help and facilitate their recycling rather than being punitive otherwise people will just give up!

  4. Wasn’t this tried a few years ago on the Holmlands Estate? It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. My graqndson is disabled and doubly incontinent. How do they expect my daughter to keep nappies in the green bin for 3 weeks? UNTHINKABLE

    • Well that’s the kind of issue that would’ve been raised in the consultation.

      Indeed, it is larger families with high waste needs that are penalised the most by this.

      However the consultation is on hold until the call in is decided.

      Everything will stay the same as it is now till at the earliest April 2017.

  5. Bring in ADMINISTRATION

    • That was an option a few years back, but the government minister stated that they he was happy with a meet behind closed doors LGA Improvement Board instead. In the interests of openness and transparency of course!


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