Bins ain't what they used to be

PUBLISHED: 11:16 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 31 May 2010

Well love them or hate them, the bins have arrived in Debden and utter chaos has ensued. While I fully support any attempt to improve the environment, this ill-conceived attempt at improving recycling by the Lib Dem controlled council is disastrous. Apa

Well love them or hate them, the bins have arrived in Debden and utter chaos has ensued.

While I fully support any attempt to improve the environment, this ill-conceived attempt at improving recycling by the Lib Dem controlled council is disastrous.

Apart from the fact many people had not received their bins, and a lot of bins weren't emptied anyway (I had to have somebody come out again to empty mine), nobody had taken into account the litter bins! The new lorries are unable to empty the litter bins, now there's a thing.

On enquiring what is going to be done about it I was told they would have to get the street cleaners to do it. After I had finished laughing, I asked: "What street cleaners." We have not seen a street cleaner in Debden for years.

No doubt they will have to employ additional people to cope with litter bins, and will they own up to the extra expense incurred.

Personally, I have lost the will to live trying with magnifying glasses to find out whether plastic is type 1, 2, or 3 or whatever.

If Government is so keen for us to sort plastics, why don't they force manufacturers to supply all recycleable plastic in green and help us lesser mortals.

I now, however, have the dilemma to know what to do with my ONE glass bottle.

Do I waste petrol, by driving to the nearest bottle bank, thus negating any effect of saving on gas emissions or do I risk the Waste Bin Police, who I am told will refuse to empty bins should you make a mistake on what goes where.

As a person who lives on my own and travels extensively on business, what am I supposed to do if I am not there at the allocated time? Is it really too much to ask the bin men to return the bins from whence they came, instead of leaving them on the edge of the boundaries.

And before you start reading the propaganda about how successful the scheme is because the amount of rubbish in the landfill site has decreased, please note that 'fly-tipping' is now on the increase and causing major concerns and additional expenses to local councils, I wonder why?

Tina Knight

District councillor

Debden and Wimbish

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