In an attempt to get to the bottom of what happened with Ealing’s rubbish and recycling contract last month the Tory group on Ealing council asked a slew of 34 written questions at last week’s extraordinary council meeting on 8th May to discuss Labour’s rubbish fiasco.
The answers are required to be provided within 7 working days so councillors got an e-mail timed at 11.09pm last night. As it happens the attached pdf file was corrupted so it took until 8.28am this morning to get hold of something readable. The answers are still not up on the council’s website – anyone would think that the council does not want you to read them. You can read them here.
11 different Tory councillors asked questions. The 5 LibDem councillors had no questions as did the 40 Labour councillors – maybe they think that everything is fine.
Not all the Tory questions hit the mark, it is a bit like a game of battleships, but many did. The most telling question I think was question 14:
Can you please confirm the weight of dry-recycling that Ideal processed in April on behalf of Ealing? Can you also confirm the average monthly dry-recycling handled by Ealing in the last financial year?
1062 tonnes were processed via the Ideal MRF in April 2012 according to data provided by the MRF. Whilst dry recycling kerbside tonnages average at about 1200 tonnes a month, the Ideal figure does not include collection data from the first week of the new contract when materials were sorted at the kerbside or data from the 4 kerbside sort rounds that have supported the comingled service over recent weeks. The overall collected dry figure is projected to be in line with steady state.
To clarify, normally the council collects 1,200 Tonnes of dry-recycling every month which is all carefully sorted and put out by our residents. In April almost 90% of this was chucked in the back of a lorry and driven to Kent. The council have tried to maintain that kerbside re-cycling has been continuing throughout their fiasco. It has, but on a tiny scale. 90% of residents’ hard work sorting out their recycling has been discarded in April. The council has let down residents badly.