Wheelie bin roundup 20th November
Up to 70 jobs are set to be created in Telford, after plastics manufacturer Craemer began work on building their new factory.
Craemer are a German wheelie bin manufacturer, who makes half of all the local authority wheelie bins in the UK. This factory is set to be their second UK factory, and the new factory will be designed to accommodate larger machinery to keep pace with the company’s expansion. The company’s existing factory produces 1 million wheelie bins.
Local councillors have welcomed the company’s investment in the area and the creation of 70 new jobs that will help to boost the local economy.
People in Newtown in Reading who campaigned to get communal bins are now asking for them to be removed, due to them starting to smell, and attracting vermin and fly-tippers. Residents have now signed a petition which is set to be handed into the council, asking them to be removed.
As some roads were too small to have wheelie bins, communal bins were seen as a viable solution, however, the downsides of having these large bins are now becoming apparent.
The council said that there is a big difference of opinion among residents over the best solution, but once they have received the petition, they will meet with residents to discuss how to move forward.
A Sunderland resident has been angered after being asked to pay £25 to replace a stolen wheelie bin. The council have defended its policy to charge the fee for replacement bins, and revealed that they have spent over £200,000 replacing 10,000 bins in the past year. The cash-strapped council say that they simply can’t afford to replace bins for free now, and due to government cuts, they describe their financial situation as ‘dire.’ They added that the decision to charge for bins wasn’t taken lightly, but it was done out of necessity.
The resident had put his bin out for collection before work, but when he returned, it wasn’t there. He was then told that he would have to pay the charge to replace it. He is angry at having to pay the fee, as he had done nothing to personally damage his bin, and he feels his council tax should cover these charges.
One local councillor said that he has been approached by many residents about the issue and that people are angry that if their bin is set on fire, stolen, or even destroyed by a refuse collection vehicle, they have to foot the bill for a new bin. The council has failed to tackle the growing problem of wheelie bin arson and bins falling into refuse vehicles, which has compounded the problem. Older people and people on low incomes are particularly worried and angry about the charges.