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St Helens recycling changes go live - but residents ask: 'Where are our food caddies?'
6:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
DOZENS of council taxpayers questioned why their food caddies had yet to be delivered on the day St Helens’ extensive recycling scheme made its first collections.
The caddies, for food waste, are one of the key changes to the system, which has seen brown bin collections go fortnightly as St Helens Council attempts to drive up recycling.
Numerous residents sent messages to the Star's newsroom and social media accounts yesterday criticising the council because the containers had not yet been delivered - despite orders apparently being placed with the council several weeks ago.
On Friday the council said that 15,000 people who placed caddy orders in July and August would receive them by Sunday (September 22) – and that a further 10,000 who placed orders this month would have the containers by the end of the week.
It remained unclear, however, on Monday night how many deliveries remain outstanding. The councillor responsible for overseeing the changes, Seve Gomez Aspron, responded to critics who questioned him via Twitter.
He has suggested the changes are straightforward and won’t mean big changes for residents.
The council, which has run a marketing campaign to accompany the recycling drive, suggested that residents who have yet to receive their food caddies are “perfectly okay” to put their waste in brown bins until the containers arrive.
In a statement issued to the Star on Friday, a council spokesman said: “(If) anyone is still waiting for their new food caddy, then it’s perfectly ok to put their food waste in the brown bin during the week or so it takes to arrive.”
The spokesman added: “The council is extremely pleased with the fantastic response to the new scheme, which has translated into huge orders for containers, including the new food caddies.
“All of these deliveries are on their way to residents.”
The new system sees black boxes, pink bags, blue bags and food caddies collected on the same day each week. Collections of brown and green bins alternate each week.
Meanwhile, there were contrasting views on how the new system went yesterday.
In some areas recyclables were collected without fuss, although onlookers said the collections appeared to take much longer than a normal because of the amount of containers that need emptying.
Others complained that the switch of cardboard from green bins to black boxes was unworkable.
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