Val Morris-Cook, Deputy Leader of Thurrock Council and portfolio holder for the environment has today joined the national debate over fortnightly bin collections.
Val said: “In Thurrock, I fulfilled my pledge of maintaining weekly bin collections.
She backed the Shadow Environment Minister, Jamie Reed, in challenging the government’s decision to abandon their pre-election pledge of a return to weekly bin collections.
Tabling an emergency question in the House of Commons the shadow minister described the Department for Food & Rural Affairs as “the political equivalent of the ‘mad woman in the attic’” and their decision to abandon their pledge as a “huge missed opportunity”.
“Like Jamie, I’m at a loss to explain why the government would carry out yet another U-turn on such an important matter.
“Thurrock is now up to 48 per cent recycling, far in excess of many other areas of the country with very nearly a fifth of our street waste now being recycled.
“All of this has been achieved by maintaining our weekly bin collections and by having a progressive and coherent recycling strategy.”
She said: “We have demonstrated that by working together with the people we represent we can produce real results. If we want to encourage people to get into recycling habit, the least we can do is to collect it weekly.
“A minister from this Tory-led government should visit Thurrock to see what results can be achieved when a Labour council works in partnership with their local community. This latest U-turn is madness.”