Barnet Council food waste collections

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3214
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following on from Question No: 2018/2781, The Leader of Barnet Council was asked a written question at Full Council on Tuesday 30th October if he would "guarantee that a separate food waste collection will be restored in Barnet?" His full response was "No". The Environment Committee chair was asked "When will a separate food waste collection service be restored?", the response was "Maybe not".

Do you believe Barnet Council are being straightforward and honest in their negotiations with you?

Answer

Barnet Council food waste collections

Barnet Council food waste collections

Answered By: 
The Mayor

 

On the 28th of September, the London borough of Barnet and the GLA reached agreement that Barnet Council would only temporarily suspend its food waste collection and undertake an independent review of its recycling collection services to see where they could be improved.

Since that time, officers from our respective organisations have worked diligently and positively in delivering the terms of that agreement. Public communications were issued by Barnet that made the temporary nature of the suspension clear. They also stated that it would be reintroduced in line with the requirements of my London Environment Strategy (by 2020) and that residents should retain their brown ‘caddies’ in anticipation of the reintroduction of the service. In addition, my officers report good progress on the independent review of the service that I insisted upon prior to the services reintroduction.

Given this, I was surprised and concerned at the public responses by the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet member which appeared to contradict our agreement, and which could cause confusion for Barnet’s residents.

I have therefore written to the Leader expressing concern and requesting that our agreement is accurately reflected in future public communications, especially with the public.