Unhappy florist rubbishes new bins collections - but St Helens Council asks residents to 'bear with us' (From St Helens Star)
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Unhappy florist rubbishes new bins collections - but St Helens Council asks residents to 'bear with us'
A BUSINESS owner has slammed a new-look recycling service after watching a line of overflowing bins remain uncollected on a street for more than a week.
Amanda Amadio, pictured left,who runs florist The Bouquet Residence on Tennis Street in Dentons Green, counted 11 bins at one point before they were eventually emptied.
Brown bin collections have gone fortnightly and have been replaced by a weekly recycling and food waste service under the changes.
Amanda said: “I emailed the council to let them know how many bins were there. Each day I came into work they still hadn’t been emptied. It’s ridiculous.”
Amanda said she does not have a bin since she opened five years ago and was refused a green one.
She said: “All my waste material goes on people’s allotments. A lot of the houses around here are terraced so don’t have a green bin collection.
“And I refuse to pay for a brown bin because I don’t produce that kind of rubbish. There has been a huge amount of confusion around here, especially over collection times.”
Amanda is not the only resident to raise their concerns.
The Star has received dozens of complaints on our Facebook page from frustrated recyclers over the delay in receiving food caddies, erratic collections and bins left overflowing.
There have been grumbles about the recycling wagons operating until 9pm, while some residents have been caught by earlier brown bin collections in the morning, Some have also seen bins burned or stolen and left with a bill from the council for a replacement.
Paul Lee Roberts wrote: “It must be more cost-effective for everyone to have a green, brown and blue wheelie bin for recycling.
“It works for other councils, so why did St Helens do it different, it’s not rocket science.”
Lindsey Derbyshire expressed the thoughts of many, but is prepared to wait to see if it’s successful.
She said:“There are a lot of teething problems with this system – there’s no denying that.
“I don’t know how this system was thought up or if other authorities systems were looked at first, but we’ve got to give this a go. Hopefully things will improve sooner rather than later.”
However, other people were positive.
Claire Roughley posted: “I really don't know what all this fuss is about.
“I was convinced I would never cope with fortnightly collections because my brown bin was always full to bursting, but to my surprise my brown bin is not full and it gets collected tomorrow because I am putting the recycling containers to proper use.
“The problem is militant lazy people who would rather have rubbish overflowing on the street than spend a bit of time sorting out recyclables.”
A council spokesman said: “We really appreciate the efforts and patience of all our residents during the switchover period.
"The fact that we’ve seen tonnages more than double confirms there is a real appetite for recycling – and that more material is being collected than ever before.
“Making the best use of our new recycling vehicles has meant the re-mapping of nearly all our collection routes, and we would ask residents just to bear with us while these new routes become established.
"As some of your readers point out, we are working later into the evenings to maximise collection time.
“New recycling containers – including the new food caddies - are being distributed every day, with over 116,069 ordered by St Helens residents since 1 July 2013.
"The response to the new weekly recycling scheme has been immense and we are extremely grateful for everyone’s participation.
“Ever since the launch date, orders for containers have been flooding in, but support continues to increase, with new properties joining in all the time.
"In the last three weeks alone, 45,107 items have been requested - and we will have them with residents as soon as we can."