Coun­cil plans U-turn on blue bin charges af­ter crit­i­cism

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HUN­DREDS of West Lan­cashire res­i­dents have slammed the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment a new blue bin re­cy­cling sys­tem.

West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil has re­cently changed its pol­icy with the blue box be­ing phased out and res­i­dents be­ing moved to the blue bin for re­cy­cling of their cans, bot­tles and jars.

When the blue bin was in­tro­duced it was free, and res­i­dents were given the op­tion to con­tinue us­ing the blue box.

The re­cent change means the coun­cil will no longer ac­cept the blue box, so res­i­dents will have to ac­cept a blue bin – for a fee of £25.

The coun­cil orig­i­nally set the dead­line for be­ing able to use a blue box as June 4, but this has now been ex­tended to Oc­to­ber be­cause a re­port is set to go be­fore the coun­cil at a meet­ing on July 18.

A spokesman said that “fur­ther up­dates will be re­leased af­ter that meet­ing”.

West Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper has said hun­dreds of frus­trated res­i­dents have con­tacted her about the is­sue, which she de­scribed as an “ab­so­lute mess.”

She said: “Many res­i­dents tell me they don’t re­quire a blue bin as they would never use any­where near that amount of re­cy­clable ma­te­rial over the course of a fortnight.

“Oth­ers say they can’t take a blue bin as they are a ter­raced prop­erty with no space for stor­age, and some even talk about hav­ing said no to the blue bin last time round think­ing they would save the coun­cil money but are now be­ing pe­nalised for that de­ci­sion.”

But coun­cil leader Cllr Ian Mo­ran has now said that the meet­ing in July would re­sult in the coun­cil chang­ing the pol­icy and pro­vid­ing blue bins free of charge.

He said: “The pa­per be­ing put for­ward will sug­gest that res­i­dents will no longer be charged for the blue bins and those who have al­ready paid will be re­funded.

“I want peo­ple to know that we have lis­tened to what they have had to say, and we are work­ing to address it. I apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this has caused, and we are putting this right.”

In re­sponse to the com­plaints she re­ceived, Ms Cooper said: “I have writ­ten to the di­rec­tor of leisure and en­vi­ron­ment ser­vices on be­half of res­i­dents to ask that this sit­u­a­tion be ad­dressed and for those who are be­ing forced off the box and on to the bin to not be forced to pay the as­so­ci­ated charge.

“I’ve also writ­ten on be­half of res­i­dents who can’t use or store an ex­tra full size bin so that they may be al­lowed to con­tinue to use the box given their specific cir­cum­stances.”

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, the de­ci­sion to change to a blue wheelie bin, rather than a box, is to en­sure that col­lec­tion sys­tems and re­sources are ef­fi­cient and man­aged ef­fec­tively.

A spokesper­son said: “It is para­mount that the col­lec­tion sys­tem is con­sis­tent across the bor­ough and that ad­e­quate ca­pac­ity is avail­able to res­i­dents to help in­crease our re­cy­cling per­for­mance to 50% by 2020. “This is why res­i­dents are now be­ing asked to change to a blue bin from a blue box if they have not al­ready done so.”

The Ascroft broth­ers take down the busi­ness sign, above, and, left, the fam­ily out­side T.Ascroft & Sons Gro­cers and Corn Merchants in Mere Brow

Rosie Cooper called for a re­think on blue bins

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