Re­cy­cling bin changes leave pen­sioner blue

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY JAMES SIMPSON

Thou­sands of house­holds across the city are now hav­ing to de­posit glass waste at des­ig­nated bring sites in­stead of in house­hold bur­gundy bins.

Mean­while blue bins, pre­vi­ously used to de­posit pa­per, card­board, cans and plas­tic, have switched to pa­per and card­board only – with the rest go­ing in the bur­gundy bin.

The changes are part of the fi­nal phase of the city coun­cil’s re­cy­cling pro­gramme, first agreed in 2015, and af­fect Broughty Ferry, Dry­burgh, Gowrie Park, Charleston, Men­zieshill, the West End and parts of Lochee. Dundee City Coun­cil held several drop-in ses­sions last month to en­sure com­mu­ni­ties had an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss the changes.

But Les Joiner, 73, de­scribed the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the coun­cil as a “grey area” that has left him with over­flow­ing bins that might not be col­lected un­til May.

Les now has two blue bins full of card­board, alu­minium and plas­tic that he ex­pected to be lifted this week un­der the pre­vi­ous regime, with a col­lec­tion an­tic­i­pated for to­mor­row.

He said: “I was aware there were changes afoot. It was my un­der­stand­ing on read­ing the in­for­ma­tion that ten­ants were to carry on as nor­mal prior to the changes be­ing un­veiled.

“We now have two full bins that we were an­tic­i­pat­ing to be col­lected to­mor­row us­ing the old method that picked them up fort­nightly.

“I con­tacted Dundee City Coun­cil and they ad­vised I wasn’t the only one that had raised this is­sue re­gard­ing the blue bins.

“I was ex­pect­ing there was go­ing to be a tran­si­tional pe­riod and the last col­lec­tion was ear­marked for to­mor­row us­ing the old for­mat.

“I as­sumed they might have an­tic­i­pated teething prob­lems and that would have been the fi­nal one be­fore I re­verted to us­ing the bur­gundy bin for cans and plas­tics.

“It will now be the case that this waste won’t be col­lected un­til May 2.

“I will as­sume they won’t ac­cept the waste in its cur­rent for­mat de­spite the fact I was ad­her­ing to the in­struc­tions of car­ry­ing on with the nor­mal method un­til the changes came into ef­fect.

“Ini­tially I thought it was some­thing I had done in er­ror.

‘‘It would ap­pear I’m not the only one that has been af­fected by this and there is a bit of a grey area over the blue bin changes.”

A Dundee City Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “As phase 1 and phase 2 of the new re­cy­cling ser­vice com­mences in Broughty Ferry, Dry­burgh, Gowrie Park, parts of Lochee, Charleston, Men­zieshill and the West End, a short term dis­cre­tionary pe­riod will be in place.”

A DUNDEE pen­sioner has been left feel­ing blue fol­low­ing changes to bin col­lec­tions in Men­zieshill.

Les Joiner says changes to the col­lec­tion of blue bins have left a bit of a grey area.

A re­cy­cling point glass bin.

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