New bin col­lec­tion crit­i­cised as ‘great news for mag­gots’

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A Larkhall res­i­dent has crit­i­cised the coun­cil’s re­formed re­cy­cling ser­vice, say­ing he has yet to meet some­one who ap­proves. A year ago the fre­quency of rub­bish col­lec­tions in Bath was changed from weekly to fort­nightly while re­cy­cling and food waste col­lec­tions re­mained weekly. Res­i­dents were al­lo­cated a wheeled 140-litre bin or a re-us­able gull-proof bag, and Euel Lane said this has led to him hav­ing to hold onto “stink­ing rub­bish” in an “ugly” bag. Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil said by en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to re­cy­cle more, it can re­duce the vol­ume of waste sent to land­fill. In a let­ter to the Bath Chron­i­cle, Mr Lane, from Bay Tree Road in Larkhall, said: “Some politi­cians seem to think that if they re­peat the same thing over and over again we will start be­liev­ing them. Hence all the let­ters from the coun­cil telling us how won­der­ful our refuse col­lec­tion is. “Pre­sum­ably in the name of re­cy­cling I must be happy to have an ugly coun­cil sup­plied bag in my gar­den full of stink­ing rub­bish, col­lected ev­ery two weeks, or if I am away four. Great news for mag­gots. “Coun­cil­lor Good­man [cab­i­net mem­ber for de­vel­op­ment and neigh­bour­hoods] claims this is sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents, well I have yet to speak to any­one who wanted this, so what planet is he liv­ing on? “He tells us the Lib­eral Democrats op­posed these mea­sures, well although a party I would not nor­mally sup­port, good for them. “He tells us other au­thor­i­ties are speak­ing to him, pre­sum­ably to find out how to im­ple­ment an in­fe­rior ser­vice with­out too many com­plaints from res­i­dents.” In re­sponse, Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil said: “The coun­cil pro­vides a weekly food and re­cy­cling col­lec­tion and pro­vides res­i­dents with suit­able con­tain­ers or bags. By en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to re­cy­cle more, we can re­duce the vol­ume of waste sent to land­fill. “As with any ma­jor ser­vice change whilst staff and res­i­dents get used to new col­lec­tion days and rounds, an in­crease in re­ported missed col­lec­tions is to be ex­pected ini­tially. “How­ever, since the new scheme was in­tro­duced the num­ber of missed col­lec­tions month on month is re­duc­ing. “Our waste ed­u­ca­tion team are al­ways will­ing to pro­vide ad­vice and help res­i­dents in their re­cy­cling ef­forts. “Should res­i­dents ex­pe­ri­ence is­sues with missed col­lec­tions, the best way to re­port them is via our web­site.” To do this, go to http://www. bathnes.gov.uk/re­por­tit

Pic­ture: Paul Gillis

Euel Lane is un­happy about changes to Bath’s re­cy­cling scheme

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