Cardiff Council's long planned transition from a five to four-day waste collection model began on Monday 22 February. Despite months to plan for this widely publicised service change, residents across Cardiff are now into their fourth week of missed collections, disruption, and piles of uncollected waste on their streets.
This comes only weeks after similar scenes occurred when the same department failed to plan for the obvious increase in waste that would be created over the Christmas holidays.
Commenting on the ongoing issues, Liberal Democrat group Environment Spokesperson Cllr Ashley Wood said:
“It’s incredible that residents are in the situation of still experiencing missed collections over 3 weeks since the introduction of these changes.
“This was not due to an unexpected event, but part of a planned rollout of the new waste collection service for the city. The scale of the problems across Cardiff can only be seen as a serious failure of planning and poor management on the part of the council’s waste service. Residents have been let down by Cardiff Labour’s lack of basic competence yet again.”
This is but the most recent failure for Cardiff’s waste department under the leadership of beleaguered Cllr Michael Michael, following on from a HMRC landfill tax investigation causing the council to have to pay out over £2 million and a fraud probe in recent years. Will he be held to account for this most recent failure on his watch?
Cllr Rodney Berman, Lib Dem group finance spokesperson and Senedd candidate for Cardiff Central added:
“Councillors across the city have been inundated with complaints from residents about missed or late collections, with some streets seeing repeated problems week after week.
“The handling of these changes has been nothing short of chaotic. Whilst some teething problems might have been expected, there is little sign so far that the situation is improving. This whole issue appears to have been badly handled, demonstrating poor leadership from our Labour-run council.”