Labour passes council motion calling on Mayor to prevent a 'waste management crisis’

Labour councillors, backed by local MPs Jim Fitzpatrick and Rushanara Ali, have passed an emergency motion for Tower Hamlets Council meeting on 21st January, calling on Mayor Lutfur Rahman to rethink his waste management procurement process to prevent a waste crisis in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

There are extensive problems with waste management, with local residents regularly raising concerns about dirty streets, missed rubbish collections and flytipping hotspots. This was exacerbated by the Mayor bringing in charges for bulk rubbish collection in June 2012.

Labour believes that all options for waste management must be thoroughly considered and openly discussed in public – including investigating the option of bringing waste services in house.

Key Facts

  • Total number of Fly Tips collected in December 2014: 281
    • Total number of Fly Tips collected in June 2014: 1095
    • Recycling rate in October 2014: 29.75%
      • Average recycling rate in England: 44.2%
      • Number of missed collections in October 2014: 384

Cllr John Pierce, of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:

“Many councillors spoke at the Council meeting to raise local waste issues - every ward suffers from missed collections and fly tipping.

We called on the Mayor to seriously consider all of the available options, including the importance of having a local depot and the possibility of the Council bringing waste management in house rather than continuing his outsourcing agenda.

Labour will continue to fight for proper local provision of waste services and work to get the very best deal for residents.”

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