Bin the bins

First published in Letters

LAST Saturday morning in my street, three men in waterproofs emerged from a pick-up truck emblazoned with the Newport City Council logo and proceeded to push leaflets about recycling through every house letterbox.

Presumably the three were on overtime at weekend rates; so no economies there.

The leaflet mentions Newport’s recycling rate over the last 10 years as rising from 15 per cent to 50 per cent and a fine of £900,000 if they don’t improve to 52 per cent.

But our councillors have been saying something similar ever since the scheme was started, and to date very few councils have paid any fines.

The story of the boy, who cried ‘wolf’ too often, comes to mind.

The leaflet also mentions that our present wheelie bins are being replaced by smaller ones and another reusable bag.

But at what cost and why?

Instead of the council spending thousands on enriching the coffers of the suppliers of these bins of all sizes and colours, not to mention the carbon footprint created in the making of them, why not build a recycling plant at Maesglas Tip, collect the rubbish once a week in one bin and make life simpler for everybody.

Mr A Greenhalgh Ross Street Newport

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9:40am Sun 2 Mar 14

scraptheWAG says...

it a little industry now
it a little industry now scraptheWAG
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3:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

rustyuk1 says...

Yesterday my bin was changed for one of the newer slim line versions. Slightly miffed I contacted the enquiries line of Newport Borough Council to fact find about their policy for the change in attitude to recycling.

I was very pleasant with the gentleman and asked a few questions.

Why has my bin been taken without my consent?

It was the council that has decided to exchange the bin for the smaller volume to promote and encourage recycling within the community. As if the council misses this years target of 52% recycling it could be fined up to £1 million pounds. A news letter was sent out to explain this decision

Why I didn’t get the newsletter?
I wasn’t on the system?
I have been paying my council tax before you ask…lol. I also stated that with the increase of tax by 4.5% per house a £1 million fine was nothing.

Are the council increasing the size of the receptacles or increasing the collection of recyclable waste to weekly?

No! but you have been given a green bag for cardboard.

I must of missed that one too was my reply.

Apart from the push for recycling which I’m all for what are the conditions for the bigger bin compared to a smaller one?

A house with six occupants or more?

After I fell about laughing I asked about the discrimination against large family size of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) compared with 6 or that of a single person, and asked for evidence based research to back up the councils ridiculous quote of 6.

Finally I asked about researching what other councils are doing compared to Newport. I gave an example of Newport IOW council who do weekly black bin bag collections and all recycling is done at the plant. They don’t miss there recycling target.
Stunned silence!

I also stated that if the council invested on proper recycling facilities they would easily hit there quota by recycling waxed milk/juice carton and other none Newport recyclable waste. I also inquired about the waste of money on the replacement of bins.

I think this all got tedious for the gentleman as he tried to fob me off with the freedom of information act.

I said being a Civil servant, a tax payer and a home owner I know all about the act and will look forward to the information….
Yesterday my bin was changed for one of the newer slim line versions. Slightly miffed I contacted the enquiries line of Newport Borough Council to fact find about their policy for the change in attitude to recycling. I was very pleasant with the gentleman and asked a few questions. Why has my bin been taken without my consent? It was the council that has decided to exchange the bin for the smaller volume to promote and encourage recycling within the community. As if the council misses this years target of 52% recycling it could be fined up to £1 million pounds. A news letter was sent out to explain this decision Why I didn’t get the newsletter? I wasn’t on the system? I have been paying my council tax before you ask…lol. I also stated that with the increase of tax by 4.5% per house a £1 million fine was nothing. Are the council increasing the size of the receptacles or increasing the collection of recyclable waste to weekly? No! but you have been given a green bag for cardboard. I must of missed that one too was my reply. Apart from the push for recycling which I’m all for what are the conditions for the bigger bin compared to a smaller one? A house with six occupants or more? After I fell about laughing I asked about the discrimination against large family size of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) compared with 6 or that of a single person, and asked for evidence based research to back up the councils ridiculous quote of 6. Finally I asked about researching what other councils are doing compared to Newport. I gave an example of Newport IOW council who do weekly black bin bag collections and all recycling is done at the plant. They don’t miss there recycling target. Stunned silence! I also stated that if the council invested on proper recycling facilities they would easily hit there quota by recycling waxed milk/juice carton and other none Newport recyclable waste. I also inquired about the waste of money on the replacement of bins. I think this all got tedious for the gentleman as he tried to fob me off with the freedom of information act. I said being a Civil servant, a tax payer and a home owner I know all about the act and will look forward to the information…. rustyuk1
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