FINE MESS

You have your say on new plans for bins

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Amelia Shaw

PLANS for house­hold­ers in Gwynedd to be slapped with fines for putting their bins out on the wrong day have met with unan­i­mous op­po­si­tion from read­ers of our sis­ter paper, the Daily Post.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity is set­ting up a task team to look at whether or not pun­ish­ments should be in­tro­duced for putting bins out on the wrong day and dis­pos­ing of waste in­cor­rectly.

But res­i­dents didn’t think much of the coun­cil’s pro­pos­als.

Janet Wil­liams wrote on Facebook: “They need to find a sys­tem that works and give us proper bins to cope with the re­cy­cling. “Does any other coun­cil use trol­ley boxes? “Stop blam­ing the general pub­lic for bad or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“We are the ones that have to fund their brain­waves.”

Joanna “Lea” Wood said: “Great, does that mean I can send them a fine for not emp­ty­ing my bin on the right day, which hap­pens of­ten!

“Or can I fine them for half the re­cy­cling that they drop on the floor while emp­ty­ing the boxes and can’t be both­ered to pick up.”

Shaun Owen de­scribed the pro­pos­als as a “money grab”.

“Peo­ple are go­ing to get sick of this kind of rub­bish (par­don the pun),” he said. “The whole re­cy­cling is­sue has been badly thought out. The col­lec­tion of rub­bish (which is not rocket science) has be­come a farce.

“Can’t put your bin out the day be­fore if you’re go­ing away, sev­eral dif­fer­ent bags, half a dozen dif­fer­ent wag­ons, green waste one week, rub­bish the next, waste food in an­other con­tainer, glass in an­other.

“On top of which, if you hap­pen to ac­ci­den­tally put a tin in with the glass, the coun­cil will fine you.”

Kat Nat Tostevin said: “I al­ways put mine out the night be­fore, like I imag­ine most do, and you have to re­alise some peo­ple have health is­sues and mem­ory prob­lems, etc.

“It’s taken me long enough to re­mem­ber the bin day since they shuf­fled the days about. I have to think twice. The coun­cil are use­less any­way. The bin men drop and leave more rub­bish than they col­lect half the time.

“You only have to take a look at the bot­tom of our road and see the poor neigh­bours’ gar­dens, full of trash.”

Emma Wyn Davies com­mented: “Haven’t the coun­cil got bet­ter things to do, like tackle dog foul­ing around our area, lit­ter on roads, bins over­flow­ing down al­ley­ways caus­ing rats in­fes­ta­tion, etc.

“Don’t they re­alise that peo­ple have busy lives and may at one time for­get what bin to put out? It’s a joke!”

A re­port out­lin­ing the pro­pos­als was due to be dis­cussed by mem­bers of the coun­cil’s Com­mu­ni­ties Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

● What a load of rub­bish – North Wales res­i­dents hit out at Gwynedd’s latest plans to fine res­i­dents for putting their bins out on the wrong day

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