30/7/07 – Recycling and Wheelie Bin Information
The press nationally have in recent weeks been focusing a great deal on the issue of recycling and waste collections. As I have been approached by a few residents over this, I felt that it was important that I pull together some information on what we are and more importantly are not doing in Swindon over the next twelve months.
If the information below does not answer your specific question or query, please feel free to get in touch.
We are introducing wheelie bins from Sept through to Feb and yes it will be a bi-weekly collection. Unfortunately we have had to make this choice to effectively force those people who do not recycle to do so, by limiting the amount of waste they can throw away.
Unlike a lot of other councils however who have a one size fits all approach, we have thought about this very carefully and have introduced a range of measures to minimise the impact of this change where appropriate.
Take for example a full kerb side recycling service that will be introduced in July, a full 4-8 months ahead of the wheelie bins. Unlike other councils who alternative between collections of waste and recycling, we will do collecting recyclables weekly. Our recycling will offer, paper, card, tins, glass, cans, textiles and importantly plastic.
We are also doing the following,
- not making people take them through their house if they have no storage in the front and no immediate rear access. These people will be given a limited supply of official black bags, the same limit as the bins provide.
- not installing chips in the bins – we have no plans to charge residents for waste collections either at a flat rate or one a pay-per-use basis.
- if you are recycling everything and still can not fit your rubbish in a wheelie bin, then we will give you another or larger bin – we do not believe in penalising large families, or families with young children.
- you can request a smaller 120ltr instead of 240ltr bin if there is only two or one people in the house.
- hiring ten new education officers to help residents understand what we are doing and how it will impact them. Including running road shows in each area before the new system starts.
As for smells, well there should be nothing more than what you currently have. I was speaking with the midwife that was visiting us the other day and she lives in West Swindon who already have this scheme. She told me that there was no more smell than you would expect and nothing appreciably more than you already get now from your bins. This is not the first time I have heard this from other users in Swindon.
If people are worried, then if you double wrap meat and fish in newspaper this can reduce the chances of any smells. Also, if you leave the lid closed it will not allow flies in or other animals so that issue should not exist either.
As for the what it is costing Swindon Borough Council – it’s costing us ~