Bexley Plans to Ditch Recycling Boxes for Wheelie Bins

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:24:18 Europe/London

Bexley is the best performing borough for recycling in London and it is planning to cut £450,000 per year by moving to wheelie bins instead of recycling boxes and reducing the frequency of collections.  A new proposal involves switching to three recycling boxes instead of two wheelie bins.

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How Gardeners Can Help Fight Plastic Pollution

Friday, 8 March 2019 15:33:06 Europe/London

We discard millions of plastic bottles on a daily basis, but could you not upcycle these in your garden?  For example, why not cut out a rectangular opening on the top of the bottle and will it with compost and plants to make a bee-friendly planter.  

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Angus Woman Covers Her Wheelie Bin in
Speed Signs to Urge Drivers to Slow Down

A woman in Angus took matters into her own hands after getting fed up of drivers speeding through her village. As well as putting a 30mph sign and a ‘please slow down in our village’ sign on her wheelie bins, she has erected a metal 30mph sign in her garden. She told the council that she was thinking about buying a cardboard cut-out traffic policeman and putting it outside of her front door and made sure they knew in no uncertain terms, that she has had enough. Drivers repeatedly ignore the 30mph speed limit signs in the village, which has led to a number of near-misses.

Her persistence appears to have paid off too, as the council has painted the speed limit on the main road running through the village and revealed that there are plans to bring in vehicle-activated speed limit signage.

Speaking of the signage she has put up, she said it’s much easier for drivers to see than the signage that was already there because the street signs are hidden by vegetation, which she has previously cut back herself.

Speed Sign

It’s ‘only a matter of time’ before there’s an accident

She welcomes the council’s actions in painting the 30mph roundel on the road but said that much more needs to be done. Every day, cars, vans, and HGVs are speeding through the village, and residents say that it’s only a matter of time before there’s a bad accident.

The council said it carried out a speed survey last year following concerns about vehicles speeding through the village, but it found no evidence of speeding. Nevertheless, Police Scotland were made aware of the concerns and have begun carrying out speed enforcement in and around the village. 

People power wins (but not always)

So it seems that people power has made a positive difference, but that’s not always the case. Back in 2014, residents in a Suffolk village were threatened with legal action by the council for putting 30mph speed limit stickers on their wheelie bins. The council said that the stickers would encourage people to leave their bins out and they’d become an obstruction. It warned residents that if this happened, it could use the Environmental Protection Act to compel people to take their bins in, though this would only be used as a last resort. A spokesperson for the council added that the enforcement of speed restrictions was the responsibility of the police, who apparently, couldn’t see what the fuss was about. Speaking at the time, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner said that as long as the stickers were tidy and weren’t too distracting, they didn’t pose a problem.

When you put your bin out, as soon as they are emptied do you bring them back in?  If so do you get frustrated by your neighbours for leaving theirs out?  A coucillor has claimed that residents on council estates leave their bins out because they do not like pulling them along.

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Bulky Waste Collections in North West England are a 'Postcode Lottery'

Thursday, 31 January 2019 14:16:10 Europe/London

Residents in the North West of England face a postcode lotter when it comes to getting rid of their bulky waste, residents have to pay £39.30 to have a large appliance collected by the council which is 3 times as expensive as other parts.

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Stoke-on-Trent Council Seize 200 Bins Left Out in The Street

Saturday, 8 December 2018 10:25:01 Europe/London

Over 200 wheelie bins have been confiscated in Stoke after they were left out in the street too long.  The council targeted 38 streets as part of their crackdown and the residents who lost their wheelie bins have to now call the council to retrieve them back.

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Kitchen Bins, Size Matters

Friday, 23 November 2018 10:56:45 Europe/London

Bins in the kitchen are essential in the household, but if spaxe is limited it might be hard to determine which size bin you should look at.  For examp[le if you have a 240 litre wheelie bin at home for collection each week, you are producing just over 30 litres of waste per day so you would need a bin that could hold around 40-50 litres of waste.

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Do You Wheelie Know the Building Regulations

Thursday, 8 November 2018 16:23:15 Europe/London

With recycling increasing and residents having more and more wheelie bins and recycle boxes, this can be a problem for people who simply do not have the storage space. But do you know the building regulations when it comes to storing these items?

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Bristol Waste's Food Campaign is a Resounding Success

Sunday, 28 October 2018 12:12:06 Europe/London

Bristol Waste Company have released their figures in relation to their 'Slim My Waste - Feed Me Face' campaign, it has shown that there has been a positive effect on food recycling rates across the city and that iver 290 tonnes of extra food waste has been collected in the 10 weeks the campaign has been running.  

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Birmingham Housing Development Considered for Underground Bins

Saturday, 27 October 2018 11:49:44 Europe/London

A new housing development in Birmingham may be getting new underground bins.  The new residents would have bins for general waste, compostable waste, recycling, paper and batteries in their homes and when they were due for emptying they would just dispose in the appropriate waste chute on the pavement. 

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