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Anger grows over wheelie bins in Malvern
A MALVERN councillor has delivered a stinging attack on the decision to introduce wheelie bins into Malvern, saying the interests of residents have been “totally disregarded”.
Mike Charles, a member of Malvern Town Council, said he had been inundated with complaints from residents about the decision to introduce wheelie bins and fortnightly collections for recycling from this spring.
Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) announced the new arrangements late last year after receiving £1.67 million government funding.
But Coun Charles slammed the change when he addressed MHDC members.
He told them he had lived in Malvern for 76 years and never felt the need to come and speak to them before.
“But for the last few weeks I have been inundated with phone calls. I usually get one call a month but this last month I have had 79, all about wheelie bins. A number of my constituents are perturbed and annoyed.”
Coun Charles said he could still remember previous experiments with wheelie bins in Malvern, calling them a “fiasco”.
“People had their bins running away down the hill and it was a disaster,” he said.
Coun Bronwen Behan, responsible for environmental services at MHDC, said a meeting would be held with Coun Charles.
She said wheelie bins were the best method of adding glass to recycling collections and their introduction was coming after careful public consultation.
“Most importantly, collecting recycling in this way will enable the council to continue to provide weekly black sack rubbish collections, something which people consider important,” she said.
“We are confident that wheeled bins will work very well for recycling collections from the majority of households. We already have over 3,000 wheeled bins in use by customers of our garden waste recycling collection service.”
A recycling sack service will continue in areas deemed unsuitable for wheelie bins. MHDC will be writing to people shortly to confirm the future recycling arrangements for their properties.