Weekly bin day could return

Worcester News: Bin rounds: weekly rubbish pick-ups could return Bin rounds: weekly rubbish pick-ups could return

A SHOCK return to weekly rubbish collections is on the horizon - despite Worcester City Council threatening to resist a legal requirement to reinstate them.

Local government secretary Eric Pickles has revealed he is considering forcing councils to relaunch weekly black bin pick-ups.

But the move - which would benefit around nearly 100,000 households in Worcester and Wychavon - would lumber taxpayers with bill in excess of £1 million.

In Worcester, where weekly rubbish rounds were dumped in 2005, the council's leadership says cuts would need to be made to other services in order to revert back.

It insists that over the last nine years people in the city have got used to alternating waste and recycling pick-ups, and that there is no need to change.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, the leader, said: "We've got no plans to change anything to our waste collections.

"We've got a well-established scheme which has boosted recycling rates and broadly speaking, I think most people are happy with it.

"When it was changed (in 2005) there were issues with it, as there always is with big change, but I don't think that's the case now.

"If we have to change it due to new legislation there would be a cost and we'd need to pay for it by making reductions in other areas.

"Our argument is that we already collect weekly now, but one of those collections is for recycling and the other general rubbish."

His stance puts the council at odds with Mr Pickles, who says the widespread scrapping of weekly rubbish pick-ups has encouraged rats, left rotting waste to stink during warm spells and proved unpopular with taxpayers.

The city council says it spends £1.2 million collecting black and green bins every year.

It last looked at the implications of re-instating weekly rubbish collections for its 40,000 households four years ago and it was estimated at £940,000 at the time.

The most recent city council survey found 83 per cent were either 'very' or 'fairly satisfied' with the current system.

Mr Pickles says around half of all UK councils have now dumped weekly rubbish rounds.

Relations with councils over it have become even more tense, and it reached a head last month when Bury Council announced it would collect waste once every three weeks from October.

The only district council of the three in South Worcestershire not to be affected by any changes would be Malvern, as the town has always retained its weekly service.

A statement from Mr Pickles said: "One option being considered by the Conservatives is the introduction of a minimum service standard, which would reinstate the previous legal requirement for councils to collect rubbish weekly.

"The Government will continue standing up for hard-working people who deserve a decent bin service."

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12:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

gmoore1207 says...

sounds like a load of rubbish
sounds like a load of rubbish gmoore1207
  • Score: 8

1:40pm Tue 15 Jul 14

3thinker says...

Pickles introduced the Government's new pro developer and anti community planning policies as part of the Government's Localism agenda.

He's been behind disproportionate cuts on Local Authority budgets and now he's 'tub-thimping' about foxing democratically elected local councils to reintroduce weekly bin collection, at significant cots to us taxpayers and despite them not being needed or effective.

Perhaps time for the powers that be at the City and County, along with our local MPs to explain to Mr Pickles what localism really means?
Pickles introduced the Government's new pro developer and anti community planning policies as part of the Government's Localism agenda. He's been behind disproportionate cuts on Local Authority budgets and now he's 'tub-thimping' about foxing democratically elected local councils to reintroduce weekly bin collection, at significant cots to us taxpayers and despite them not being needed or effective. Perhaps time for the powers that be at the City and County, along with our local MPs to explain to Mr Pickles what localism really means? 3thinker
  • Score: 10

2:05pm Tue 15 Jul 14

CJH says...

PIckles is just trying to get a few brownie points before the next election. He's obviously not bothered about the extra cost to the taxpayers. Buffoon!
PIckles is just trying to get a few brownie points before the next election. He's obviously not bothered about the extra cost to the taxpayers. Buffoon! CJH
  • Score: 13

2:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

bigboobzbeans says...

why are they trying to fix something that isn't broken , the problem we will have is people wont recycle which is the sole purpose of this scheme , just keep it how it is !
why are they trying to fix something that isn't broken , the problem we will have is people wont recycle which is the sole purpose of this scheme , just keep it how it is ! bigboobzbeans
  • Score: 15

2:44pm Tue 15 Jul 14

3thinker says...

Perhaps Eric Pickles needs to be educated in recycling more and eating fewer ready meals?

He would then only fill a wheelie bin every fortnight like the rest of us!
Perhaps Eric Pickles needs to be educated in recycling more and eating fewer ready meals? He would then only fill a wheelie bin every fortnight like the rest of us! 3thinker
  • Score: 7

3:08pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Pomygranit says...

It is a shame Pickles was not shuffled out of his post and recycled to the back benches.

he appears to have little grasp of his portfolio and is more interested in soundbites pandering to the Express and Mail brigade.
It is a shame Pickles was not shuffled out of his post and recycled to the back benches. he appears to have little grasp of his portfolio and is more interested in soundbites pandering to the Express and Mail brigade. Pomygranit
  • Score: 8

4:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

MJI says...

Silly idea alternate weeks work well
Silly idea alternate weeks work well MJI
  • Score: 9

5:39pm Tue 15 Jul 14

worcestersfinest says...

Leave it as it is, what's the problem??
Leave it as it is, what's the problem?? worcestersfinest
  • Score: 9

5:42pm Tue 15 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

it's the other way round with us . we eat everything . just get piles of packaging . why does everything have to have plastic wrapped round it these days?
it's the other way round with us . we eat everything . just get piles of packaging . why does everything have to have plastic wrapped round it these days? liketoknow
  • Score: 4

8:38pm Tue 15 Jul 14

speak your mind says...

Weekly collections?
A big bin with half the contents and double the number of collections per year!
How does this make economic sense?
Weekly collections? A big bin with half the contents and double the number of collections per year! How does this make economic sense? speak your mind
  • Score: 8

11:45pm Tue 15 Jul 14

3thinker says...

So that's it then , the politicians and public of the Faithful City have decided that fortnightly collections are fine.

Its called 'Localism' Eric.

Now bugger off and stop interfering in local politics.

Oh and by the way how's about reforming that new national planning framework you invented so we can locally determine what's best and appropriate for our local communities.
So that's it then , the politicians and public of the Faithful City have decided that fortnightly collections are fine. Its called 'Localism' Eric. Now bugger off and stop interfering in local politics. Oh and by the way how's about reforming that new national planning framework you invented so we can locally determine what's best and appropriate for our local communities. 3thinker
  • Score: 4

11:09am Wed 16 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

I would like to suggest a compromise.
What about weekly Grey Bin collection and fortnightly Green Bin collection.
When the current system was introduced there was a lot of complaints about smelly bins. The grey bin can easily get very ripe after two weeks whereas the recycling bin is not a problem.
A compromise system should cost half of what a full weekly system would cost. That works out at 30 pence per week per household. A figure that I would happily pay.
I would like to suggest a compromise. What about weekly Grey Bin collection and fortnightly Green Bin collection. When the current system was introduced there was a lot of complaints about smelly bins. The grey bin can easily get very ripe after two weeks whereas the recycling bin is not a problem. A compromise system should cost half of what a full weekly system would cost. That works out at 30 pence per week per household. A figure that I would happily pay. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: -5

1:21am Thu 17 Jul 14

fnightingale says...

I cannot see the need for weekly black bin collections. My black bin is only half full every 2 weeks,all rubbish is placed into a bin liner before it is put in there,I wash out the bin as needed and never have a problem with smells or rats! If people are recycling correctly then every 2 weeks should be adequate,why waste money on unnecessary collections?
I cannot see the need for weekly black bin collections. My black bin is only half full every 2 weeks,all rubbish is placed into a bin liner before it is put in there,I wash out the bin as needed and never have a problem with smells or rats! If people are recycling correctly then every 2 weeks should be adequate,why waste money on unnecessary collections? fnightingale
  • Score: 4

9:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

sensiblegeezer65 says...

fnightingale wrote:
I cannot see the need for weekly black bin collections. My black bin is only half full every 2 weeks,all rubbish is placed into a bin liner before it is put in there,I wash out the bin as needed and never have a problem with smells or rats! If people are recycling correctly then every 2 weeks should be adequate,why waste money on unnecessary collections?
you have far too much common-sense, can you let "new kid on the block" have some? Perhaps he or she is one of our wonderful students !!
[quote][p][bold]fnightingale[/bold] wrote: I cannot see the need for weekly black bin collections. My black bin is only half full every 2 weeks,all rubbish is placed into a bin liner before it is put in there,I wash out the bin as needed and never have a problem with smells or rats! If people are recycling correctly then every 2 weeks should be adequate,why waste money on unnecessary collections?[/p][/quote]you have far too much common-sense, can you let "new kid on the block" have some? Perhaps he or she is one of our wonderful students !! sensiblegeezer65
  • Score: -2

10:18pm Mon 21 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

sensiblegeezer65 wrote:
fnightingale wrote:
I cannot see the need for weekly black bin collections. My black bin is only half full every 2 weeks,all rubbish is placed into a bin liner before it is put in there,I wash out the bin as needed and never have a problem with smells or rats! If people are recycling correctly then every 2 weeks should be adequate,why waste money on unnecessary collections?
you have far too much common-sense, can you let "new kid on the block" have some? Perhaps he or she is one of our wonderful students !!
Long time since I was a student.
Funny thing is when the two weekly collections were introduced people were up in arms at the idea.
My black bin is far from full after two weeks but two week old fish heads get a bit ripe even when they are well wrapped.
[quote][p][bold]sensiblegeezer65[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fnightingale[/bold] wrote: I cannot see the need for weekly black bin collections. My black bin is only half full every 2 weeks,all rubbish is placed into a bin liner before it is put in there,I wash out the bin as needed and never have a problem with smells or rats! If people are recycling correctly then every 2 weeks should be adequate,why waste money on unnecessary collections?[/p][/quote]you have far too much common-sense, can you let "new kid on the block" have some? Perhaps he or she is one of our wonderful students !![/p][/quote]Long time since I was a student. Funny thing is when the two weekly collections were introduced people were up in arms at the idea. My black bin is far from full after two weeks but two week old fish heads get a bit ripe even when they are well wrapped. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 1

7:13am Tue 22 Jul 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

My bin men in Wychavon are a joke, so are the council who are too scared to sort it out! So whatever I pay in council tax, it's not worth it!
My bin men in Wychavon are a joke, so are the council who are too scared to sort it out! So whatever I pay in council tax, it's not worth it! WorcsBornandBred
  • Score: -2
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