1. We, as a nation, put far too much waste in our bins, especially wasted food. We all need to reduce waste, re-use more and recycle more.
2. Central Government should be taking a much harder line on big retailers with regards to excess packaging on goods. They, rather than consumers should be targeted and fined for non compliance. The current situation where Central Government is setting targets for Councils who can only put pressure on consumers is completely unbalanced. Central Government needs to take a lead and go to the source of most of the waste and tackle the large retailers, unfortunately they appear not to have an appetite for this, one has to ask why.
3. Waste collection is the most expensive and most valuable service we provide as a local Council. It should be a five star service to our residents. For this reason I am against two weekly collections, and I am against fining people and making criminals out of people that are in effect our customers.
4. People should have choice in all this and encouragement rather than coercion should be used by Councils, much the same as the approach taken by Central Government towards the people generating the vast majority of waste - the large retailers and manufacturers.
5. Locally I am opposed to "enforcement officers" but support education, I am opposed to enforcement of smaller bins but support encouraging more recycling so smaller waste bins become more practical. I am aware many retired couples would very happily be accommodated with smaller bins, I am also aware that larger families would struggle, and some would find it impossible. A five star waste service to our customer residents should accommodate everyone, and I will support this approach.
6. I did suggest a few changes to some recent recommendations which were not agreed by my fellow councillors, which is why you may be contacting me. The detail of this is on my blog site at: http://cllrclifford.blogspot.com/2008/06/rushmoors-waste-management-panels.html
In summary I want to see us work with not against our resident customers. I am assured by officers at Rushmoor that people who cannot cope with the smaller bins will be entitled to retain the larger bins, I am also aware that some residents have requested larger recycle bins. I am against "green fundamentalists" and support a sensible, practical approach to promoting environmentally friendly behaviour.