Emma Andrew, 27, from Greater Manchester, put in a request to Trafford council after finding that her 140 litre bin for general waste was overflowing every week.
Mrs Andrew pointed out that, with her two youngest children still in nappies, the bin was too small for the family, but was told she could not have a bigger one because the authority promotes the use of 'real' cotton nappies.Do as you are told, serf!
In a letter sent last June, waste office manager Heather Shackleton wrote: 'We appreciate that you may have certain circumstances which causes [sic] you as a family to produce more residual waste i.e. having three young children, two under the age of one, however we promote the use of real [cotton] nappies as opposed to disposables therefore we cannot supply you with a larger bin.'
Ms Shackleton added that the council has a deal with cotton nappy company Cottontails for Trafford residents - but Mrs Andrew and her husband - who is studying for a landscape gardening qualification - found that this would be much more expensive than using disposables.And here's why people rush to the media in these matters now:
The day after Trafford council was approached for a comment on the case, the family were issued with a larger 240 litre bin.Shocker, eh? But the council say 'No, no, we were going to do this anyway...':
A council spokesman said: 'We have reviewed this case and on this occasion, we will be issuing the family with a larger bin, as the new service is due to be rolled out in their area imminently.
'Trafford council are introducing a weekly collection of food waste in phases across the borough between now and October. We have revised the criteria for those wishing to apply for a larger grey bin from six or more permanent residents in the household to five or more permanent residents in the household.'Sure you have..
The spokesman added: 'In order to promote waste minimisation, the council do offer a one-month free trial to a nappy laundry service as an alternative to disposable nappies. Freshly laundered pure cotton nappies are delivered each week and the soiled ones taken away.'Which, if you’re happy to live with soiled nappies for a whole week (must be lovely in summer!) is fine. If you aren't…