St Helens Councillor: Bin shake-up means 'fairly minor adjustments' for residents (From St Helens Star)
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St Helens Councillor: Bin shake-up means 'fairly minor adjustments' for residents
9:36am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A COUNCILLOR tasked with overseeing a major shift in rubbish collections has insisted residents will face just “minor adjustments”.
Brown bin collections move fortnightly under the changes – which will begin being rolled out next week – and households can order caddies to collect food scraps.
Caddy liners carrying waste will be collected on one day of the week along with several recycling containers.
Some residents have been critical of the council’s move – forced because it is under pressure to reduce landfill and raise recycling levels – arguing that the amount of containers is unnecessary and will lead to confusion.
People with smaller homes also argue they find it difficult to store a combination of six bins, bags and boxes.
What goes into the different containers is also changing in some cases. For instance, brown cardboard will now go into black boxes, while cans should be placed in the pink bag.
However, Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron believes it will be straightforward.
He said: “These are big changes for the council, but for most residents it will mean fairly minor adjustments.
“If anything, it will be a lot easier from now on, with everyone having just one collection day for everything – every single week.
“And with recycling collections taking place every week, we‘ll start to see brown bin contents – the stuff that all ends up in landfill sites – dropping dramatically. That’s good news for us and good news for the environment.”
Meanwhile, the council has urged residents “to be patient” when ordering new recycling containers.
Demand for the containers has soared in the last few weeks leaving under pressure phone line staff to ask residents to consider going online to place orders.
The council’s recycling team is stressing that most households will already have all the containers they need to get started.
A spokesman said: “Black boxes, green and brown wheelie bins, pink bags and blue bags are all mainstays of the new system.”
Household information packs explaining the changes – and telling people what their collection day is – are being distributed across the borough.
Anyone who hasn’t received their pack can call St Helens Council on 01744 676789 to order theirs.
Anyone who does need new boxes and bags can order them online at www.sthelens.gov.uk/containers. Alternatively call the council on 01744 676789.
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