Official - Fortnightly Bin Collections are rubbish!!!!
Posted By: Susan Emmott
Date Posted: 16/07/2007
Well, there we have it.
The Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Select Committee, an influential committee of M.Ps made up from all parties, has rubbished fortnightly bin collections in a report published today, 16th July.
The committee reports that there is no proof that fortnightly or the quaintly named "alternate weekly" collections increase recycling and that they are totally unsuitable for urban areas like Rochdale. Well, as you would expect me to say, I feel totally vindicated.
Of course, the extremist zealots who support fortnightly collections will emit howls of anguish at this news and they will say that where fortnightly collections have been introduced there has been a huge increase in recycling. But that, I am afraid, is a very facile argument.
The only reason that recycling has increased in the parts of Rochdale Borough where fortnightly collections have been imposed is because residents have now been given the appropriate containers into which to separate their various types of waste. The fact that waste is collected alternately is totally incidental.
The whole point of recycling is to get waste separated so that what is appropriate can go to recycling. Fortnightly collections only increase recycling because at the same time all residents have been given the tools to recycle with and they can do that without having to see the reduction in service that fortnightly collections represent.
Fortnightly collections are all about cost and the Council trying to save money and hoodwinking residents into believing they are the only way to increase recycling. At last, it is now brutally exposed for the charade that it is.
With more councils abandoning fortnightly collections and returning to weekly waste collections (Bury, Bolton, Blackburn & Darwen) it is now time for Rochdale to reconsider in the light of the select committee report published today. Yes, people do want to recycle and recognise the need for it, but they also are concerned about the bad side effects of fortnightly collections and want to see a decent refuse collection for their Council Tax money.
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