More recycling or more fly-tipping?

 This whole lorry-load of rubbish was dumped in a layby in Lanlivery last year.

This whole lorry-load of rubbish was dumped in a layby in Lanlivery last year.

Cornwall Council will be finalising the details of the new waste collection contract in the next few weeks.

The new contract won’t take effect until April 2020, but the details are being agreed now in order to allow plenty of time to get the new provider lined up.

We need to improve our recycling rates (the national target is 50% but Cornwall average is only 25% and our area is just 17%). The key proposals which I support are:

·       Recycling to be collected weekly

·       Food waste to be collected weekly

·       Residual waste to be collected fortnightly

However, I am opposing plans to enforce a limit on the amount of residual waste to be collected from each home. Whilst I think that 180 litres should be plenty for most circumstances, I think that refusing to collect anything over this limit would simply cause more problems than it solves, and would lead to a major increase in fly-tipping.

Please comment below to let me know whether you agree with my position. The final decision will be taken in early February.

 180 litres should be a guideline, not a strict limit.

180 litres should be a guideline, not a strict limit.