Tories call for weekly ‘small bins’ collection

First published in News

CONTROVERSIAL plans to reduce bin collections from weekly to fortnightly have been challenged by opposition leaders.

Town Hall bosses announced plans in September to replace the weekly grey bin collections with a fortnightly service in a bid to save £2.6 million.

But the Conservatives “called-in” the proposals to the council’s environmental services scrutiny meeting on Tuesday — arguing that residents have a right to weekly grey bin collections. Conservative Cllr Bob Allen called for the introduction of half-sized grey bins to be collected weekly. He said: “We think there is a real alternative to the proposals.”

He said his proposal would encourage recycling and remove the need for food caddies. But Labour’s Cllr Nick Peel said there were problems with the proposals, including how the bins would be funded and how the move would affect recycling rates.

The committee agreed to refer the proposal back to the cabinet to discuss. If the opposition proposals are agreed, it would result in a second eight-week public consultation and a delay in the change coming into force.

Town hall chiefs said on Monday that a survey of more than 1,500 households in Bolton showed that 72 per cent of residents thought the proposed changes would have “little or no impact” on their home.

But a quarter of residents said the proposals would have a negative impact, raising concerns about hygiene, missed collections, and lack of space for recycling bins. They said there would be problems for larger households and those that produce a lot of nappies or medical waste.

In response, the council intends to return within two days to empty a bin if residents report that it has been put out correctly, but missed. Homes with more than six people, those with more than two in nappies, or homes with one or more residents producing medical waste, may be given an extra bin. A weekly food waste collection would be introduced for households without green recycling bins.

Bolton Council’s waste bill is to rise from £15.8 million to £24.6 million by 2016 because of fines imposed by the Government.

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4:25pm Wed 30 Jan 13

exboard says...

Sad. What a pity that our "elected representatives" cannot behave like adults.
Why is it necessary for them to oppose the other political parties' policies - just as a knee jerk reactions.
Grow up the lot of you and work for the public.
Sad. What a pity that our "elected representatives" cannot behave like adults. Why is it necessary for them to oppose the other political parties' policies - just as a knee jerk reactions. Grow up the lot of you and work for the public. exboard
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7:30am Thu 31 Jan 13

wagstaff says...

if people think a bin collection every 2 weeks is not enough then buy another bin
if people think a bin collection every 2 weeks is not enough then buy another bin wagstaff
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11:21am Thu 31 Jan 13

Love Bolton says...

Oh dear - a bit of a silly suggestion really...
The cost in the service is the regularity of collection. Every two weeks means the transport and staffing costs are halved (ish).
Making the bins smaller will be costly to replace existing bins and will not impact the collection costs.
Ah well, am sure they will get it eventually. I suppose they want to distance from the impact of their government grants being halved meaning that services have no choice but to alter to deal with lower income available.
Oh dear - a bit of a silly suggestion really... The cost in the service is the regularity of collection. Every two weeks means the transport and staffing costs are halved (ish). Making the bins smaller will be costly to replace existing bins and will not impact the collection costs. Ah well, am sure they will get it eventually. I suppose they want to distance from the impact of their government grants being halved meaning that services have no choice but to alter to deal with lower income available. Love Bolton
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8:40pm Thu 31 Jan 13

irwell1 says...

We have a right to a weekly collection of rotting food and we pay for it through our taxes. The real culprits are the Supermarkets and food packaging industries. If there was less packaging there would be less waste. Yes, we should recycle but it is NOT the answer to the problem.
We have a right to a weekly collection of rotting food and we pay for it through our taxes. The real culprits are the Supermarkets and food packaging industries. If there was less packaging there would be less waste. Yes, we should recycle but it is NOT the answer to the problem. irwell1
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3:46pm Fri 1 Feb 13

wagstaff says...

bin collections every two weeks will save money, money the council has not got
i could go for 3 weeks at a push and would do so to help the town out
bin collections every two weeks will save money, money the council has not got i could go for 3 weeks at a push and would do so to help the town out wagstaff
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