Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Throwing £31m away each year
Lambeth Council is working out what services are for the axe as it's being forced to make cuts of £79m over the next 4 years.
It costs £31m a year to collect and dispose of Lambeth's rubbish (£113 for each of the 272,000 residents) so it's clear to me that the sanest way to protect essential services is to cut down the amount of crap we mindlessly consume.
What's this got to with riding a bike? Well, first of all we'll have fewer lorries on the streets...
Secondly, it gives me a chance to mention Lambeth Freecycle - the Yahoo group for giving and collecting unwanted items. When we use it we normally give preference to people collecting on foot/public transport or by bike.
Thirdly, if you're reading this shortly after it's been posted, there's still time to vote for the Council to provide funding to kickstart the Brixton Reuse Centre (including bicycles). Deadline for voting is midnight 1st December.