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Results: Would you pay 10 a month to have your bins emptied on the alternative weeks to council collections?


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    • CurlyWurly13
    • By CurlyWurly13 10th Aug 18, 10:33 AM
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    Bin Collections
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    • 10th Aug 18, 10:33 AM
    Bin Collections 10th Aug 18 at 10:33 AM
    Doing some research. As you know, bin collections are every fortnight. Would you pay 10 a month to have someone collect your extra bin bags on the alternative weeks to the council collections?
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 10th Aug 18, 1:31 PM
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    Our bin collections are still weekly....
    Originally posted by Scorpio33
    Mine too

    Black bags collected weekly (I use half size black bags and rarely fill one of these in a normal week)
    Food bin collected weekly
    Recycling also collected weekly, but alternating between different boxes each week - plastic bottles and cans collected one week, paper/cardboard the next
    Garden waste collected fortnightly (I pay extra 50 a year for this and if there's any space left I offer to take any garden waste my neighbour has)

    Bins for glass and tetra paks are located in supermarket car park in nearer town

    My council only collects plastic bottles so I collect any other plastic separately - the neighbouring council where my daughter lives takes all types of plastic so these go in her bin
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    • gingercordial
    • By gingercordial 10th Aug 18, 1:39 PM
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    Absolutely not. We rarely get anywhere close to filling our non-recyclable bin. It only ever happens if we have ordered furniture or something else large that comes in lots of plastic wrap or polystyrene, so that hardly ever happens.

    Recycling is collected weekly and we do often come close to filling that but they will collect cardboard if it is neatly folded and left next to the bin so it is never a problem.
    • pimento
    • By pimento 10th Aug 18, 3:31 PM
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    We rarely fill our bin. The only one that we have trouble with is the garden waste bin. Our gardener can fill that in an hour but it is collected weekly.
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    • Loz01
    • By Loz01 10th Aug 18, 5:35 PM
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    No way, we never fill our black bin, its the recycling one that gets full! Although where we live, you can request an extra recycling bin for free. If there's 7 or more permanent people in the property, you can have 2 black bins.
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    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 10th Aug 18, 5:35 PM
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    No, I wouldn't pay any extra. Our rubbish is collected fortnightly and I struggle to fill the bin, although our recycling boxes and bags are usually pretty full. I already pay an additional 50 a year for a fortnightly green-waste collection (optional, but the opening hours at the local tip aren't worker-friendly), and I don't want to pay any more!
    • maman
    • By maman 10th Aug 18, 5:50 PM
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    No, I see this as the thin end of a wedge where in the long term the councils will opt out of bin collection and leave resident to pay or drown in their own garbage.
    Originally posted by ognum

    I'm another in the No camp. I agree we're getting very close to the thin end of the wedge with public services.

    I wouldn't trust the council to be able to ring fence the money. I have huge sympathy with councils as central government is starving them of funds.

    I was only thinking the other day about how many places now employ security guards when previously you could have expected police to turn out.

    I'd like to see far less waste and that would mean householders being more careful but also manufacturers using less packaging wherever possible.
    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 10th Aug 18, 5:57 PM
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    No. We have 4 wheelie bins. 3 are collected every 3 weeks (as in 1 a week) the 4th food/garden waste once a fortnight. If I had a lot then I would take it the 10 mile round trip to the tip. But pay 10/month every month no chance, I hope I can manage the rubbish I churn out better than that.

    I don't think they would leave us to drown in our own garbage because it would cost so much more to deal with the fly tipping. Although maybe if this was a truly country area with for example lots of farm gates to dump stuff in then they may do that.
    Last edited by badmemory; 10-08-2018 at 6:00 PM.
    • NeilCr
    • By NeilCr 10th Aug 18, 6:41 PM
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    We still have weekly collections for general waste and fortnightly for recycling and food.

    I live on an estate with communal bins and they do get very full. As an individual I wouldn't pay but an estate might if they had an ongoing problem. It's amazing what folks put in bins and there isn't the individual responsibility of those with just their own bins
    • bspm1
    • By bspm1 10th Aug 18, 6:55 PM
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    Still weekly here.
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 10th Aug 18, 7:18 PM
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    I wouldnt as neither bin is full until 2 weeks is up, in fact the recycling one is the one that gets the fullest and our council are happy to take as much extra recycling that you put at the side in clear sacks.
    Originally posted by marliepanda

    Ditto: too many people are not using the recycling bin for its proper use. They are using the waste bin for content which should be recycled, resulting in plastic and other non-biodegradable waste going to landfill. Storing up trouble for the future.
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    • Marvel1
    • By Marvel1 10th Aug 18, 11:44 PM
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    No, I don't have an issue with fortnightly collections, my recycling is weekly.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 11th Aug 18, 7:53 AM
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    I wouldnt as neither bin is full until 2 weeks is up, in fact the recycling one is the one that gets the fullest and our council are happy to take as much extra recycling that you put at the side in clear sacks.
    Originally posted by marliepanda
    +1 to this (although we don't fill our recycling bin in the 2 weeks).
    • lucywillow
    • By lucywillow 11th Aug 18, 3:39 PM
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    Still weekly collections in my area for black bags, recycling & garden waste.
    We also don't pay extra for garden waste to be collected ( up to 6 large bags per week).
    • custardy
    • By custardy 11th Aug 18, 3:41 PM
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    Doing some research. As you know, bin collections are every fortnight. Would you pay 10 a month to have someone collect your extra bin bags on the alternative weeks to the council collections?
    Originally posted by CurlyWurly13
    Where would the researcher be taking the bin bags?
    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 11th Aug 18, 10:20 PM
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    Our recycling bins are collected every week and I rarely put the bin out every week, even taking into consideration I recycle rubbish from our office as well - and every day I seem to be bring home recycling.

    General rubbish is collected every fortnight and we've managed to put it out once a month, even bring home the office's rubbish as well.
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    • Spidernick
    • By Spidernick 11th Aug 18, 11:48 PM
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    Some people are super-consumers and don't pay attention to how they're packing their bin if they can't cope with what they've got.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I agree with this. Even when my twin boys were in nappies we were still fine with fortnightly collections with five of us living in the house. Any household that cannot cope with this is doing something seriously wrong in my view!
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    • tealady
    • By tealady 12th Aug 18, 6:52 AM
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    We have weekly bin and fortnightly recycling collections. It would take me about 3 months to fill my bin and a year to fill the recycling (except for the paper/ card pod which is tiny, can fill that in a few weeks.
    Green waste is chargeable, round here I know of familes and neighbours who share the cost.
    Bulky items are chargeable, but I usually ask friends to take me to the tip (or walk as I don't drive).
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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 12th Aug 18, 9:45 AM
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    Alternate weekly works fine for us.

    I also pay 50 a year for a garden waste collection. This I object to, mainly because our neighbours just sling their garden waste down the side lane to avoid paying the fee.
    • meer53
    • By meer53 12th Aug 18, 12:25 PM
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    If you have a wheelie bin (do people still have dustbins ?) i struggle to see why you would need a collection more than fortnightly ? I wrap all my rubbish before putting it in the wheelie bin to minimise the risk of maggots in the summer and a bin cleaning company clean and disinfect it for me after each empty. It's 2 for the clean/disinfect, well worth it in the summer (i'm small and can't reach the bottom of my wheelie bin !)

    On the odd occasion where my bin has been full (snow preventing the dustcart getting up our road, council strikes etc) i have taken my rubbish to the tip myself.

    So... no, i wouldn't pay any more for weekly collections.
    • pinkshoes
    • By pinkshoes 12th Aug 18, 8:21 PM
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    We are a family of 5 with twins in nappies and our rubbish bin is rarely full for the fortnightly collections.

    Most our waste goes in the recycle bin.

    No need to pay for extra collections.
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