PLANS to expand food waste collections in Pendle have been put on hold for the time being.
Liberal Democrat councillors tried to persuade Pendle Council’s Executive to double the number of houses from which food was collected. They felt it had proved very popular with the 7,000 terraced houses which are involved now.
But Labour and Conservative members agreed to carry on at the present level for the time being and reappraise it in the future.
Coun. James Starkie said the plan to create a plant at Huncoat to deal with the food waste had not gone ahead. So he felt it was sensble to do nothing more yet. He added: “The recommendation is to continue with the waste collection for the next financial year. We can see if we can extend next year.”
He said putting food into green bins could also be looked at, and he pointed out that Lancashire County Council’s view on food waste had also changed.
Liberal Coun. David Whipp said his party’s view was that more homes should be included. “This has been a huge success and is enormously popular with the residents. Our view, very clearly, is that we ought to continue with the development of the scheme.”
The Liberals intend to include collection cash for an extra 7,000 homes which do not have green bins in next year’s budget.
And he said: “We have no doubt that, when it is extended to further properties, these people will also be delighted with it.”
Coun. Graham Roach said 300 to 400 tonnes of waste no longer went to landfill, and he questioned how much it would cost the council for that to go to landfill.
Coun. Starkie said: “We are not talking about stopping it.” And Coun. Tonia Barton accused their argument as “typical Lib Dem scaremongering”. She added: “We are not ending it or cutting it back. It has been a successful pilot. I would like to second Coun. Starkie’s motion and condemn Coun. Roach’s scaremongering tactics.”
Members of the Executive agreed to carry on with the present system and look at it again next year.