Haringey's current budget proposals will see the end of free bulky and green waste collections and the closure of one of the recycling centres.
These changes are likely to spell real trouble in this borough. It will inevitably lead to a significant increase in dumping with the poorest areas being hardest hit.
Research has shown that introducing a charge can lead to a drop in demand for collections of 50-75% on previous levels. Fly-tipping will increase as a result.
An alternative approach to introducing a collection charge would be to limit or reduce the number of items accepted for free, and/or the number of free collections allowed per year.
An alternative to closing the recycling centre would be to control who uses the centre and make a small charge as appropriate.
The cabinet meets to decide on this issue in two weeks' time. Whilst the consultation is now closed you can still email the cabinet member responsible (email@example.com) and copy your councillor.
Budget proposals: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/local-democracy/policies-and-strategies/...
Survey (CLOSED 22 JAN): http://www.haringey.gov.uk/survey/budget-2017-18
PS: I know that Rachella has posted about this before, but I'm hoping to stimulate more engagement with our elected representatives before it's too late.
I live just over the border from Noel Park into West Green, so I cc'd Peray Ahmet into an email sent last week to the West Green councillors about these issues, as she's the Environment member on the council who is supporting these proposals. Today I received the response appended below from her by email which poses many more questions for me than it answers.
If you live in Noel Park and care about how much extra fly-tipping you might soon have due to the introductionof charges to collect bulky and green waste, and closure of the Park View recycling centre, I urge you to contact her asap! I think the council are due to have a final vote on the proposals in the next few days.
Free bulky waste collection must continue
Thank you for your email and please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you.
As you will know, Haringey has a longstanding problem with fly-tipping which costs us over £5million per year to clear. In order to meet some of these costs, the Council has considered the evidence relating to the increase in fly-tipping when a charge for bulky waste removal is introduced. Over 75% of London boroughs currently charge for this service and there has been no conclusive evidence to date of any increase in fly-tipping as a result of the imposition of a charge.
The Council’s enforcement team gather evidence on a daily basis to enforce against the minority of people who are responsible for fly-tipping. They are served with a fixed penalty notice of up to £400.00. Again, this charge is comparable to the charge imposed by other London boroughs. The enforcement team has also been proactive in enforcing against the minority who are caught dropping litter. The Council is working to discourage the minority who drop litter and fly tip by informing residents of the penalty via twitter and other social media. We are keen to educate before enforcing wherever appropriate.
Our aim is to have cleaner streets and encourage residents to dispose of their litter responsibly. To this end, I have attached a map that shows all the refuse and recycling centres in Haringey and the neighbouring boroughs. The North London Waste Authority (NLWA), of which Haringey is a member, aims to have 95% of North London residents within two miles of their nearest refuse and recycling centre.
Like the vast majority of local authorities, Haringey is facing difficult choices regarding the services that we can provide in a time of austerity. Our aim is to continue to provide the best services that we can within the budget that is available for diverse needs across the borough. We will continue to monitor recycling rates in line with the charge and I am sure that we will be able to provide further information in the coming months to support our introduction of a charge for bulky waste removal.
I hope that this information has been helpful in addressing the points you raised below. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any further inquiries.
Cllr Peray Ahmet
Cabinet Member for Environment