In­crease in missed bin col­lec­tions

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New fig­ures show an in­crease in the num­ber of missed kerb­side bin col­lec­tions. Month-by-month sta­tis­tics re­leased un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act de­tail how missed col­lec­tions have risen by more than six times. B&NES Coun­cil missed 4,991 col­lec­tions in the first six months of this year. This com­pares to just 678 missed in the same pe­riod of 2017, an in­crease of 636 per cent. Na­then Stern, who lives in Brad­ford Road, Odd Down, said: “In the months prior to see­ing the tweet the coun­cil had missed three out of four of our rub­bish col­lec­tions. “Each time they would miss a sec­tion of our road. “When I com­plained each time they said they would come back and col­lect the rub­bish (as they are sup­posed to) but never re­ally did. Once they came back and col­lected ev­ery bin missed apart from ours! “They didn’t seem to start tak­ing it se­ri­ously un­til some drunk young­sters put our black bin in the mid­dle of the road. “Af­ter we told the coun­cil this had hap­pened they sent some­one straight out to col­lect the rub­bish and they haven’t missed a col­lec­tion since.” B&NES coun­cil has been con­tacted for com­ment. On Novem­ber 6, the fre­quency of rub­bish col­lec­tions in Bath was changed from weekly to fort­nightly. Res­i­dents were al­lo­cated a wheeled 140-litre bin or a re-us­able gull-proof bag. Re­cy­cling and food waste col­lec­tions re­mained weekly. The changes were in­tro­duced to keep the streets cleaner, in­crease re­cy­cling and make the ser­vices more af­ford­able. Less than a week af­ter the re­forms were in­tro­duced, the coun­cil said it had re­ceived more than 3,000 re­quests for ad­di­tional re­cy­cling con­tain­ers. The bin col­lec­tion fig­ures come just months af­ter the coun­cil hailed its re­formed re­cy­cling and waste col­lec­tion ser­vice a suc­cess for send­ing thou­sands fewer tonnes of rub­bish to land­fill. An ar­ti­cle in the sum­mer edi­tion of Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil’s To­gether mag­a­zine reads: “Com­pared to last year, the amount of re­cy­cling we’re col­lect­ing from your homes in­creased by 2,000 tonnes, while the amount be­ing thrown away in the rub­bish went down by an im­pres­sive 4,500 tonnes (be­tween Jan­uary and March 2018). “As well as be­ing cleaner and greener, and im­prov­ing our streets, this is also sav­ing the coun­cil money on the cost of get­ting rid of waste - pass­ing funds from re­cy­cling to in­vest in vi­tal front­line ser­vices. “This shows how much ef­fort many of you have made to re­cy­cle more and throw away less and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate your help and sup­port - it makes such a dif­fer­ence!” The lat­est govern­ment sta­tis­tics show British house­holds are steadily re­cy­cling more and more. In 2010, 40.4 per cent of house­hold waste was re­cy­cled; in 2016 this fig­ure was 45.2 per cent.

More peo­ple have com­plained about missed kerb­side col­lec­tions

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