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Teather slams Brent Council over bins and recycling fiasco

October 4, 2011 2:47 PM

Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central, has today slammed Labour-run Brent Council for their disgraceful handling of the borough's "new and improved waste collection service".

A new system of fortnightly collections for waste and recycling was introduced by Brent council this week, alongside new facilities for recycling and composting food waste.

But the programme has already been branded a "total farce" by angry residents. Complaints include the failure to deliver kitchen caddies for food waste and the number of bins necessary for the new scheme. Crucially, houses which have been divided into many flats have often received only one food waste bin despite the occupants of all flats being on the electoral register and paying separate council tax.

In addition, residents in houses divided into more than one flat have only received one, unaddressed, notice from the council informing them about the changes and new dates for bin collections. Consequently many have been left unaware of the changes that have taken place.

The council's current collection of plastics for recycling is also regularly criticised by local council tax payers, with plastics that Brent council say they collect being left in gardens and on pavements.

Local Lib Dem MP for Brent Central, Sarah Teather, commented:

"The Labour Council's new system of recycling and waste collections is totally inadequate.

"Council bosses should have used council tax records or the electoral roll to properly inform people about the changes and ensured that adequate numbers of new bins were delivered to every household.

"Brent Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning for better recycling facilities and cleaner streets across the borough. It's not much to ask for the council to properly collect waste and recycling from people's houses each week."