Camden is in the middle of a rubbish crisis.
Camden has more fly-tipping than any other council in England, with over 37,000 fly-tips last year. That’s a five-fold increase since Labour and Lib Dem councillors cut bin collections for half the borough in 2017.
Making sure bins are collected and streets are clean is the first job of councils, but it’s one that Camden just doesn’t seem interested in.
When Conservative councillors requested a review of the waste service in 2020, Labour’s Cabinet member said a review isn’t needed, because it’s ‘working well’! But that isn’t our view and it isn’t the view of Camden residents.
Camden Conservatives are committed to restoring weekly bin collections, tackling fly-tipping and littering, increasing recycling, and cleaning up Camden’s mess.
Local Conservative councillors will:
- Restore free weekly bin collections for every resident whose bins are collected once a fortnight – reversing the cuts that Labour and the Lib Dems made in 2017.
- End soft-touch on fly-tipping by fining all fly-tippers at least £400, as other boroughs do and increasing fines for littering to £150. We will impose fines on people littering from vehicles.
- Scrap the £75 Garden Tax and make green waste collections free once again.
- Install smart bins with ten times the capacity of ordinary bins to stop bins overflowing.
- Raise Camden’s recycling rate by introducing smartphone apps and Alexa skill that will immediately tell you on request whether any item is recyclable.
- Introduce a plastic bottle deposit scheme to reduce plastic waste.