Birmingham’s Refuse collectors have voted to strike over planned job losses. The job losses come as the Labour run council is desperately trying to cut costs. Their introduction of wheelie bins cost way more than Labour predicted. Plus the running cost of switching to wheelie bins has cost the council more per year.
Labour spent over £60 million on wheelie bins, new lorries and tablet computers for bin crews. The scheme has failed. Our streets are still dirty, refuse collections are still missed and recycling rates have fallen.
To fix these problems, a Lib Dem led council would bring back green waste collections and introduce food waste collections for composting, which would increase recycling. We would bring back one bulky rubbish collection per household per year to reduce fly tipping and the cost of cleaning it up. And we would reverse cuts to street cleaning. We would not be afraid of taking any hard decisions needed to sort out our refuse collection service.