Wheelie Bin Headlines July
Wheelie Bin Monthly Headlines July 2017
Bin men in Birmingham have been caught on camera driving past full wheelie bins and only emptying one bin on a street where rubbish has been piling up due to strike action caused by a dispute between refuse collectors and the council.
Piles of rotting rubbish have been strewn across streets as the dispute shows no signs of ending. Residents are furious that no rubbish has been collected in a month. They say that there are maggots in the rubbish and that rats have been seen among the piles of waste.
Residents were initially sympathetic towards the refuse collectors, but after weeks of having rubbish piling up in the streets, patience seems to be wearing thin.
The dispute is over changes to working practices and the downgrading of supervisor jobs. The trade union representing the refuse collectors accused the council of being intent on creating a dispute rather than seeking a resolution.
With the strike set to continue until September, the council have had to draft in agency labourers to clear pavements of the waste that has been building.
The council said that they had to make changes to the way they deliver waste services to save money after cuts in funding from central government.
A thief filled a wheelie bin full of rugs and walked out of the shop without paying in Belfast. The man stole £430 worth of floor mats from an Argos store twice on the same day and then sold them on the street.
He was stopped by police and immediately confessed to the theft. He was prosecuted and sentenced to 6 months in prison. His defence solicitor argued that he carried out the thefts to fund an opiate addiction.
A wheelie bin from Newcastle was discovered 100 miles away on the Scarborough coast during an RSPCA clean-up initiative. During the clean-up, named ‘Operation Sweeping Tides’, the wheelie bin was found among other waste like plastic bags, beer barrels, old tyres, broken glass, fishing nets, lines and rope.
Organisers said they were stunned at the amount of debris that was collected over 2 days. They say that fishing nets in particular are damaging to wildlife like seals, as they get trapped in it and it cuts into their blubber, causing infection and injury. They added that fishing lines can harm seagulls, and that they get tangled up in it.
The clean-up was carried out in partnership with the local sea life centre and the council. The RSPCA often take injured seals to the Sea Life centre before releasing them back into the wild. On a recent seal release, the RSPCA noticed that there was a huge amount of litter washed up on the beach. This spurred them on to hold the clean-up event, which they hope will encourage people to dispose of their litter correctly. They hope to hold further events, using their sea boats.
A council’s proposal to change bin collections in Cornwall hasn’t gone down well with residents.
More than 300 residents took to Facebook and weighed in on the debate on bin collections and recycling which is currently going on in the area.
There are problems with litter, residents say, because the council don’t provide all residents with seagull and animal-proof wheelie bins.
While similar areas of the county such as Penzance are provided with wheelie bins, many others aren’t, and residents are forced to put out sacks of rubbish on the kerb. The sacks are easily ripped apart by seagulls, and rubbish gets strewn all over the streets. Residents also complain that the bags are full after around 2 days.
Currently in Cornwall, there are weekly black bag rubbish collections and fortnightly recycling collections. Recyclable waste must be sorted into separate bags and containers.
The council recently increased the types of plastic waste it can collect in the course of its usual collections, and collections now include yoghurt pots and food trays.
The council state that they are facing budget cuts, and that providing a recycling bin to all households could cost an extra £9 million per year.