Mattresses and other household objects dumped on our street corners have become an all too common a sight in too many parts of Westminster. A combination of changes in the local housing market with an increase in private rented flats and HMOs with regularly changing residents, cuts to council services and the introduction of council charges for bulky waste collection have led to a surge in dumping and fly-tipping in recent years.
A Labour-led council would rigorously focus on fly-tipping and bulky waste dumping. Labour is making a number of major commitments that would help tackle the problem. If elected in May 2018:
- Labour will urgently reform the fees and charges for bulky waste collection, restoring a ‘first time free’ collection and reducing costs for standard collections.
- We will develop a new ‘express collection’ bulky waste removal service.
- We will look further at the use of mobile cameras to help enforcement at fly-tipping hotspots and at ways to increase fines for dumping.
- As part of our support for a new Private Renters Charter we would improve the information provided to landlords, letting agents and tenants .
- A Labour Council would finally provide a smartphone App to make it easier for residents to make use of the council’s ‘report it’ service, helping further target the worst affected areas.
For such a vibrant city as Westminster ensuring waste is swiftly removed is a vital part of protecting our quality of life. Labour is committed to maintaining and improving the twice weekly residential rubbish collection service provided by Westminster Council.
A Labour Council would also work with local businesses to find ways to improve the commercial waste collection services provided by Westminster. A Labour Council will explore new opportunities to boost recycling, including where appropriate to support community composting and the recycling of food waste.
Westminster Labour Group Leader Cllr Adam Hug said “While we can’t promise to prevent all dumping, Labour will finally ensure the Council is doing all it can to clean up our streets from the fly-tipping of bulky waste. We will do this while protecting and improving our twice-weekly bin collections.”