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TOPIC: Less frequent wheelie bin collections proposed

Less frequent wheelie bin collections proposed 02 Nov 2018 00:55 #4176

David Eden wrote: I never more than half fill a wheelie bin, either recycling or general waste, in a week (2 adult household). With suitable recycling I could easily do a general bin a fortnight and focus on maximising how much i can get into the weekly recycling - and I suspect many could if putting their mind to it.


There are two of us and we only put a very small black bag in the general waste bin. Even though it's a small bin it would probably take us six weeks to fill it completely. The small blue bin that we have would probably fill up in three weeks. In contrst, in the summer we could easily fill two large green bins with garden waste per week.

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Less frequent wheelie bin collections proposed 02 Nov 2018 09:58 #4177

Reading the various exchanges on this it strikes me that virtually every household has a different pattern of waste generation, which makes it difficult to focus on one or other of the options.

As another example we fill a blue bin each week - lots of newsprint, magazines, packaging etc. Yet we hardly fill a third of the black bin. These are both the smaller size. In summer and autumn we often fill the large green bin, and may even use spare space in our neighbours' green bin.

Storing larger black or blue bins would be a problem, but if the changed collection meant that we needed larger bins who would pay?

I can't see examination in the consultation of the effects of cutting out green waste collection in the winter period. If green waste collection is cut what would be essential is for food to be collected weekly. On a fortnightly collection it's not too bad if food waste is mixed in with gardn waste in the green bin - but the smell if food was separated and collected fortnightly would be intolerable.

I suspect that the take up for a £65 green bin collection woud be too small to make it economical - haven't we been here before?

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Less frequent wheelie bin collections proposed 06 Nov 2018 11:03 #4186

A technical seminar and associated presentation on waste, supporting the Draft London Plan, at City Hall tomorrow (7th November) will show in its 2021 figures that Enfield has waste levels per household only “beaten” by Bromley and Croydon across all London boroughs. Makes you think that perhaps the most sensible approach to reduce costs is for us all to throw less stuff away.

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