Today Labour’s top team in Birmingham have pledged to keep the weekly bin collection if they win May’s council election as part of a package of environmental commitments to make the city cleaner and greener.
Labour has been forging ahead with the modernisation of the waste and recycling services despite over £650 million of cuts to its budget since the Tory Government came to power in 2010.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“The Tories have got it in for Birmingham. We’ve been treated unfairly by the Tory Government and have underfunded the city by hundreds of millions of pounds in comparison with other areas.
“But in the face of these cuts – Labour has been making the right choices.
“Today I’m laying out Labour’s plan for a cleaner and greener Birmingham. I am making it clear that if Labour wins the council election in May – we will keep your weekly bin collection. No ifs, not buts – your weekly collection is staying.
“We will also continue to modernise the waste collection and recycling service. We will increase recycling, work closely with partners to reduce plastic waste and put in place a hit squad to tackle fly-posting.
“We will also be using every power at our disposal to tackle fly-tippers. It’s unacceptable and it drags our city down. I want fly tippers to know what we’re coming after you and will use the full force of the law to prosecute those who fly-tip rubbish in our city.
“Despite the Tories trying to hold Birmingham back, Labour are re-building Birmingham and we are making the right choices, ensuring that the development of our city benefits the many and not the few.”