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St Helens Council claims bins changes have sent recycling rates 'through the roof'
10:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
COUNCIL bosses have hailed a new bins collection service for raking in the biggest amounts of recycling in the local authority’s history – but complaints about the system continue to stack up from Star readers.
The change, which involved a switch to a weekly recycling collection and a fortnightly brown bin collection, was introduced last month.
St Helens Council has claimed that in its first week “259 tonnes of recycling were collected Monday to Friday – compared with the previous average of 107 tonnes”.
The figures prompted Town Hall leaders to state that “recycling rates have gone through the roof” and issue a “big thank you to the remarkable efforts of residents”.
However, critics argue that is “spin”, complaining that food caddies – a new container for weekly waste – have not been delivered despite orders being placed six weeks ago.
Others argue that a change that asks residents to put cardboard into a black box rather than a green bin is not workable and that collections have been late or missed along some roads.
Cllr Seve Gomez-Aspron, the cabinet member for environment tasked with overseeing the new system, has been blasted by some Twitter users for being “out of touch” with residents’ opinion.
However, he stated: “All of the products we collect are performing well, but we have been particularly pleased with the cardboard and food waste streams which have grown every single day.
“As some of you will have noticed, the crews have been working late to pick up your recycling. That may well be the case for the near future.
“If we have not reached you by 9pm, please report it to us and we will make sure we do not miss your contribution to the recycling mountain.
“Obviously, we recognise there were some teething problems. But these have been big changes and I can’t thank all concerned enough for their help and patience.”
The council says 30,000 food caddies and other containers have been delivered.
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