Cardiff food waste row rumbles on

June 17, 2010 No Comments »

Cardiff’s waste collection row rumbled on as a Conservative motion blaming the executive for high costs was defeated at a Council meeting.

The motion, tabled by Radyr councillor Rod McKerlich, argued that food waste could be composted cheaply at Lamby Way landfill site.

He also called for a four month deadline to be set for the executive to agree a new strategy for dealing with food and green waste, which the Liberal Democrats have accepted.

McKerlich said: “I bring forward this motion with a mixture of regret and anger. We’re exposing the citizens of Cardiff to an unrealistic financial burden.

“If we move to combined garden and food waste collections we run the risk of creating toxic compost.”

The Conservatives claimed the Council missed the chance to compost food waste at the Lamby Way landfill site, and was wasting spending £500 per tonne sending thousands of tonnes to a composter in Derbyshire.

Coun Margaret Jones, executive member for environment, tabling her amendment, which was passed, dismissed McKerlich’s claims.

She said: “This motion is a very cynical attempt to rewrite history. It shows a lack of understanding of a rapidly changing situation.

“Our food waste service was the first city-wide scheme in the UK. We are currently preparing a new waste strategy.”

Coun Mark Stephens, executive member for finance and service delivery, said the Council needed to up its recycling quota from 40 per cent to 70 per cent to avoid financial penalties from the Assembly in the future.

Coun David Walker, Conservative leader, said that the executive had wanted to be “trend setters” and “in wanting to be first” had caused the public to now foot the bill.

Jones after seeing the motion fall offered McKerlich the chance for a meeting with her and senior council officers to discuss issues he may have with waste collection.

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