Lo­cals rubbish collection cuts

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JONATHAN KAL­MUS

STRICTLY ORTHO­DOX fam­i­lies have joined the protests against Bury Coun­cil’s move to cut rubbish col­lec­tions to once ev­ery three weeks, the first English bor­ough to do so.

Res­i­dents of the north Manch­ester area say their bins have been over­flow­ing since fort­nightly col­lec­tions were in­tro­duced in 2011. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Charedi fam­i­lies ar­ranged to meet lo­cal MP Ivan Lewis and coun­cil­lors over plans be­ing rushed through by the coun­cil.

Bury has a very high con­cen­tra­tion of strictly Ortho­dox res­i­dents and the com­mu­nity suc­cess­fully cam­paigned in 2011 to be al­lo­cated up to eight bins per house­hold to cope with the refuse dis­posal needs of large fam­i­lies.

Mother-of-nine Sonya Can­tor said she was wor­ried about the pro­posed change, even though she now re­cy­cled more. “I have two black bins for nor­mal rubbish and three other full-size re­cy­cling bins. There’s al­ready no space. If of­fered an­other bin there would still be the prob­lem of smell, mak­ing mat­ters worse.” An­other lo­cal, Amanda Kaye, branded the plan “mad­ness”.

R e s i d e n t s across the Jewish spec­trum joined a so­cial me­dia protest, sign­ing an on­line pe­ti­tion which gar­nered 3,000 sup­port­ers in two days.

Mr Lewis said he was re­lay­ing the con­cerns to se­nior coun­cil of­fi­cials, but was broadly in favour of the scheme, which would save cash. And Coun­cil­lor Tony Ish­er­wood said: “Re­cy­cling just 10 per cent more than we do now would save nearly £1 mil­lion per year. That’s money which would be bet­ter spent on pro­tect­ing other lo­cal ser­vices.”

‘If of­fered an­other bin, there would still be the prob­lem of smell’

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ad­dress­ing more than 450 pupils from 16 schools who con­tested the Et­gar Chal­lenge quiz at Brent Civic Cen­tre. Naima JPS came top, fol­lowed by North West Lon­don Jewish Day School

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