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[Friday 16th March 2007 at 10:30 am]
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Bin collection shake-up expected

One-third of councils have already reduced collections More homes could soon see the end of weekly bin collections after government research dismissed hygiene concerns as long as food is wrapped properly.

A third of English councils have already phased out weekly collections of general waste, with many collecting recyclable rubbish on alternate weeks.

This obviously comes from the train of thought which runs "if we collect less rubbish, then it looks like we're recycling more". Which is absolute rubbish.

It's only going to force people to drive to the local tip each week, harming the environment more from all the cars used for this. And that's assuming that people can drive to the tip - those who can't (like, oh I don't know, *students*) will end up putting black bags next to the bin in the vain hope that the bin men will actually do what they're meant to do and take all the rubbish, rather than leave it for the foxes and seagulls to get.

Nasty odurs and flies aren't the problem. It's the councils which don't collect the rubbish and instead let the foxes and seagulls $%&^$

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[User Picture]From: kires
Saturday 17th March 2007 at 1:38 am (UTC)
Wow. You wouldn't perchance happen to know which towns are going to have an excess of detritus on display, would you? I'm going to be over there sometime this summer, y'see... Hopefully, though, this particular foolishness won't last long. Garbage piling up is one of the things councils would notice. ... Isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 17th March 2007 at 12:28 pm (UTC)
Well, the Brighton bin men will happily leave any bags that can't fit in the wheelie bin. Hence why we've got half a bin bag emptied across the front garden, courtesy of the local foxes and seagulls. (to give them some credit, they take just about anything for recycling).

And the Horsham bin men will look through the compost wheelie bin and refuse to take it if there's any corrugated card in there (why corrugated? apparently animal glues are used).

It's all a complete mess, with the councils I know about opting to collect less rubbish rather than more recyclables. Plus there's the impending "pay-as-you-throw" plan, which I would support only if they actually cut council tax as a result.
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