Candid Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, has slammed Cardiff Council’s plans to consider collection black bag waste only once a month, saying that if the plan goes ahead the entire city’s population “will be suffering from the bubonic plague”.
Replacing fortnightly black bag waste collections with monthly collections is one of the proposals being considered as part of a six-week consultation on the future of waste and recycling in the city.
Writing for The Sunday Times, Clarkson said: “It all sounds very clever. But it isn’t. Because if this scheme is implemented, I can pretty much guarantee that soon the entire population of Cardiff will be suffering from the bubonic plague.”
Clarkson added that the move would only encourage people to dump waste in the countryside to prevent their bins from overflowing.
Jeremy Clarkson – “It all sounds very clever. But it isn’t. Because if this scheme is implemented, I can pretty much guarantee that soon the entire population of Cardiff will be suffering from the bubonic plague”
“If the Cardiff solution catches on, things are going to get worse. There will be so much litter in the streets that rats and plague are sure to follow,” he added.
In response, Councillor Ashley Govier, Cardiff’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Jeremy Clarkson is paid handsomely to make controversial and outlandish statements that some people find entertaining.
“However, he is very wide of the mark here and reflects the misrepresentation of the recently launched waste consultation we have seen widely in the national press.
“The fact is there is very little that cannot be recycled and every opportunity is provided for all residents to do so.”
He added: “It can be frustrating to have a straightforward consultation so willfully misconstrued for a cheap headline, but I actually welcome the light this has shone on our recycling drive and the challenges we face. So I urge all residents to ignore Mr Clarkson and fill in the consultation on how we take our waste strategy on to the next level.”