Why we oppose wheelie bins
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The new Labour run City Council has announced that they will be introducing 3 wheelie bins (one for residual waste, one for green waste and one for dry recycling) per house across the whole of Birmingham at a cost of nearly £30 million. However residents will not be given a say as to whether they want them or not.
At a recent City Council meeting, the Labour Council were asked by local Conservative councillors if they will ask residents outright, yes or no, if they want wheelie bins in their area and listen to their answers. Sadly, they confirmed they will not be consulting on this. Instead they will only ask residents how big a wheelie bin they want for each type of rubbish/recycling.
Councillor Huxtable said, "Throughout Bournville Ward, there are a large number of properties where there is poor, difficult or no access to the rear of the property; this combined with small or non-existent front gardens for storage would result in those properties having to keep 3 wheelie bins on the footpath making every day look like bin day and causing an obstruction on the highway. This will inevitably lead to theft or vandalism of the bins and as has been seen across the country, instances where wheelie bins are set on fire". The local Conservative councillors have already received a large number of objections to the introduction of wheelie bins for a variety of reasons. wheelie bin on fire
Some of the myths about wheelie bins:
"Wheelie bins will speed up collection rates"
WRONG! Collecting wheelie bins takes longer than collecting bags. Currently, fleet and waste management operatives stack black bags into piles Â along the roadside so that the vehicle has to make fewer stops along the road which improves collection speed and helps with the flow of traffic on the roads. This means that fewer wheelie bins can be collected during the working day with a knock on effect that either some roads may be missed, or staff will have to work longer hours and be paid overtime for doing so - increased costs are likely to be funded by increasing the amount of Council Tax that you pay.
"Wheelie bins will improve recycling rates"
WRONG! Currently, the refuse collectors will collect as much recycling and green waste as you put out. With wheelie bins, the council will only collect what you can fit in the wheelie bin with the lid closed. This begs the question, what do you do with the remainder of your recycling? Residents will be expected to take any additional recycling to their nearest household recycling centre. For a large number of people within Bournville Ward, who due to a variety of reasons do not drive, this will create a massive issue and could potentially lead to an increase in fly tipping. Labour run Birmingham City Council has also announced plans in it's 2013 budget to charge residents an additional £35 per year for collection of grass cuttings - effectively a council tax performer5 coupon code rise for people with gardens.
"Wheelie bins will allow me to recycle more paper and cardboard"
WRONG! The new wheelie bin for dry recyclate will have a compartment inside for your paper and cardboard, and it will be no bigger than your current blue box. At present, residents can put as much paper and cardboard out for collection. In future, residents may only be able to put out what can be fitted in the compartment of the wheelie bin.
Some of the concerns that residents have already raised with us:
"People with little or no access to the rear of their property will have no alternative other than to leave three wheelie bins outside their house every day of the week" "I have 9 large steps from the pavement down to my house, how am I expected to get three wheelie bins up to the road" "I'm afraid that burglars may use the wheelie bins to stand on in order to gain access to the windows at the back of my house" "What happens if someone over-fills my wheelie bin up with their extra rubbish" - It won't be collected (Ed) "We live in terraced properties where the front door leads straight out on to the pavement, there are twelve houses with one small alley, where are we supposed to keep 36 wheelie bins?" "What happens if the wheelie bin gets broken? "What happens if my wheelie bin is stolen?"- We believe that residents will have to pay to replace broken or stolen wheelie bins at a cost of up to £50 each. There is also great concern that the council could use the cost replacement wheelie bins as a stealth tax by charging more than double the cost for replacement bins(Ed) "We pride ourselves on the amount we recycle. We are a large family and currently we put out at least four blue and green boxes each time they are due to be collected. That much recycling won't fit into a wheelie bin so what are we supposed to do with the rest" - Other cities have seen dramatic increases in fly tipping as a result of wheelie bin introduction. (Ed) "I'm nearly 80 years old, I live on my own and would not be able to move these wheelie bins. I only put one bag out each week, and that's normally about half full" "We live on a hill and I'm concerned that the wheelie bins will all end up at the bottom of the hill or all strewn over the pavement when the wind catches them after they've been emptied" "What's to stop anyone putting any old rubbish in the bottom of their recycling wheelie bin if it won't fit in their general waste bin, and then covering it with the appropriate recycling?" - Another reason why recycling rates may fall as contaminated load of recycling will result in the whole batch being rejected and burnt at an incinerator. (Ed) Three wheelie bins per property will make the Conservation Area look less attractive