Tourism and the Additional Costs to Cornwall
Tourism is a major business for Cornwall and some will say it is Cornwall’s only major business, but that would be a disservice to the others who don’t work in this sector.
With an increase of visitors this generates more rubbish, which has to be disposed of. The commercial waste on average totals around 15,000 tonnes per year. The disposal of this waste is paid for by the businesses and not the tax payer. Sadly, at least 50% of this still ends up in Landfill.
For waste not covered under the commercial umbrella the figure of rubbish generated is far higher at around 30,000 tonnes generated per year. The disposal of this is paid by Cornwall Council; that means you and me. This costs Cornwall Council on average £4.5 million per year to dispose of.
So whilst the Government cuts Cornwall Council’s budget, it still has to pay for services that have been generated by those not residents of Cornwall. In turn other authorities benefit because whilst their residents are away, they are not having to pay for the disposal of their rubbish. You cannot argue that tourism generates a huge amount of income to Cornwall, but shouldn’t the Government realise this extra burden and make sure additional funding is available to help areas like waste.
More importantly, more effort should be made to stop this tourism waste simply going into Landfill. It should or more importantly must be recycled. One of the problems with encouraging more recycling is recycling collection at the kerbside is fortnightly. The starting point should be a weekly collection of recyclable items, as this would help encourage an increase in recycling.
Until then we will still be paying this high costs, just like we are for our water bills.