Doorstep rubbish collections are being scrapped with families being required instead to use huge communal bins in a scheme that might be introduced across the country.And the elderly and disabled…? How are they supposed to cope with a 150 yard walk with heavy rubbish sacks?
Brighton & Hove City Council will begin installing 3,200-litre communal bins in 500 streets next week – one for every 40 homes. For some residents the bins will be 150 yards away. Once the scheme is ready, dustmen will no longer remove black sacks from outside homes.
The system, which will leave 27,000 families without weekly collections, is being watched closely by other councils and some towns are already preparing similar arrangements.Which is chickenfeed frankly, when you consider the upheaval this is going to cause and the resentment among council tax payers.
Brighton council has calculated that introducing the communal bins, which will cost £615,000, will save £970,000 over seven years.
Waste campaigners said yesterday that the change could signal the end of traditional rubbish collections, which date back more than 130 years. Supporters say that communal bins, common on the Continent, are more convenient and lead to tidier streets.I’m not sure it’s the bins that do that – proper policing, greater pride in your surroundings, real feelings of community, they may well have more to do with it.
The Local Government Association supports the scheme, but says that the choice of rubbish collection system should be decided locally. “You cannot prescribe from the centre that every single home must have a bin which must be emptied every week,” a spokesman said.Don’t be fooled – when they say it must be ‘decided locally’, they mean by the council, not by the mugs actually paying for it.
Greens are up in arms over this, as it might spell disaster for their ‘return to hairshirt’ policies:
Environmental campaigners fear a reduction in recycling. Caroline Lucas, the Green Party leader and South East MEP, said that families might find it harder to separate items daily and the large size of the bins could encourage wastefulness.Yes, quite. When we can’t get rid of the recycling we already have, I really don’t think we need worry about a slowdown in the amount generated, Caroline….