Con­tro­versy over refuse col­lec­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

THE over-50s are not in favour of fort­nightly col­lec­tions of rub­bish, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey car­ried out by Saga.

The re­sults showed 85 per cent think rub­bish should be col­lected weekly, 19 per cent would be tempted to put their rub­bish in some­one else’s bin if their bin was full, but only six per cent would put it in a neigh­bour’s bin. There were con­cerns about smell, ver­min and hy­giene.

Paul Green, head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Saga, whose head­quar­ters are in Folkestone, said: “Refuse col­lec­tion is an emo­tive sub­ject and, when faced with un­pop­u­lar fort­nightly col­lec­tions, peo­ple can take ex­treme ac­tion. We urge lo­cal coun­cils to lis­ten to pub­lic opin­ion.”

The sur­vey was car­ried out by YouGov on be­half of Saga with 2,610 adults sur­veyed across the UK be­tween April 20 and 23.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR or e-mail ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­

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