No plans for wheelie bins as Pembrokeshire moves to fortnightly rubbish collections
5:50pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
There are no plans to introduce wheelie bins in Pembrokeshire, despite the imminent introduction of fortnightly black bag collections.
The move to fortnightly collections begins on October 14th – but many local residents remain unhappy at the move.
In the run-up to the change, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Facebook page has been sending out tips on how to reduce the amount of black bag waste, increase recycling and prevent animal attacks on rubbish.
But the tips have been met with anger and derision by some council tax payers unhappy at the reduction in collections.
“Well, you will have to hire more litter pickers because the streets are going to be swarming with rubbish. Pembrokeshire’s going to look like a tip”, said one.
“Will I get a reduction for my council tax? If the service is being reduced this makes sense,” added another.
Many of the comments relate to the need for wheelie bins to keep black bags in.
Many commentators feel that the council should be providing wheelie bins at the same time that collections reduce.
“Everyone should be provided with a wheelie bin. We bought our own several years ago & it stops seagulls, badgers, etc. but not everyone can afford to buy one so one should be provided to every home by the council,” said one.
But the council told the Western Telegraph this week that wheelie bins are not currently being considered.
A spokesman said: “Research has shown that in comparable areas with, and without wheelie bins, recycling is significantly higher in the non-wheelie bin areas.
"As sustainable waste management is the key for future generations within Pembrokeshire, there are no plans to change this policy in the foreseeable future.
"Other local authorities have successfully introduced fortnightly collections while retaining the use of sacks.
"Such a scheme would also prove costly to implement especially at a time of very significant cuts to our income from Welsh Government."
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