10:00am Sunday 9th March 2014 in News
Our doorstep recycling regime has changed thanks to the local council’s efficiency savings. Now we get collections every fortnight.
On the first week of this new system, I received a note telling me a whole orange bin had not been taken as the bin was ‘broken or dangerous’ and it contained dirty tissues.
In fact the bin lid was not even there (they have a habit of blowing away or disappearing) and the three tissues had been used to clean up minor spillages around the home, not for any other purpose. A little annoyed, I called up to discuss the situation and was told that even if there is one ‘incorrect’ item in the bin, they won’t take the lot.
When I asked about a new bin, I was enthusiastically told I could get one free of charge if I was prepared to collect it.
Fine, I said, and there’s a collection point fairly close to home.
“There’s a problem though, as we don’t have any.”
What? When everyone has known for weeks that this reduction in service is taking place?
For the time being until there’s a new delivery, I was told I could put my recycled cardboard and paper into a plastic bag in the same way as plastic bottles and it would be collected.
I asked how then would the collectors know if there were any dirty tissues in the bags?
Stunned silence followed...
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