Wheelie Bin News Roundup 3rd July
The latest phase of a new recycling scheme has been rolled out in some areas of Dundee. 16 areas will get new bins, as the council seeks to boost recycling rates. Residents are receiving letters informing them of the changes.
One of the changes is the introduction of Eurobins, which are large communal bins, for residents who live in tower blocks or tenements. The introduction of the bins has been controversial, and some residents have complained that they take up too much space on pavements and have been difficult for some people to access.
Households affected by the changes will have their bins collected weekly rather than fortnightly, as is the case for the other areas of the city.
They will also receive blue bins for paper and card, which will be collected every 4 weeks, and food waste containers, which will be collected every week. Glass collections will be moved to a central site rather than being collected from the kerbside.
Councillors in Bosworth are calling for recycling centre charges to be scrapped to reduce the amount of fly-tipping that takes place across the area. The councillors have asked for a review of fees that were introduced last year, following an increase in fly-tipping in the area. Country lanes and private roads have borne the brunt of the fly-tipping, and in one day last year, 20 tonnes of construction waste was dumped illegally at 3 different sites.
It took council workers all day to remove the waste from the 3 sites, and the clear up came at a cost of over £4,000.
Councillors say that the charges are unpopular and need to be reconsidered.
Four teams have been employed in Liverpool to tackle fly-tipping, dumping and the increasing number of rats on the streets of the city. The teams will initially focus on the Kensington area of the city, where the residents claim that the streets are overrun with rats.
A £1m fund to tackle environmental crime has been used to employ 12 staff working across 7 days to investigate problems, gather evidence, and remove fly-tipped rubbish.
They are focusing on Kensington with their ‘Operation Cleansweep’, and they have already cleared over 90 tonnes of waste in 3 weeks.
The introduction of the new teams means that the council has doubled the number of staff employed to deal with fly-tipping in the city.
The project also includes education and enforcement activity to educate residents about keeping their area tidy.
Funding for the project has come from efficiency savings that the council has made by introducing new refuse collection and street cleaning operations. They no longer contract services out privately, and they save money by giving the duties to council employees.
The mayor of Liverpool has thrown his weight behind the project, and he said that everyone needs to show that they care about the look of their area, because when people dump rubbish, it gives out the message that people don’t care, then this attracts the dumping of more rubbish.
He has also reinforced the message that there will be zero tolerance of the illegal dumping of rubbish, and anyone caught doing so will be prosecuted.
He adds that the council are introducing 200 larger litter bins across Liverpool and are planning to allocate more resources to street cleaning.
Other plans to cut down on rubbish include introducing reusable recycling sacks and weekly recycling collection schemes.