Flats are special case for recycling
BY now everyone must be aware of the need to recycle as much waste as possible, and the majority are readily co-operating. Councils are also supplying separate bins for this purpose and most households are supplied with one or even two bins in some cases,
BY now everyone must be aware of the need to recycle as much waste as possible, and the majority are readily co-operating.
Councils are also supplying separate bins for this purpose and most households are supplied with one or even two bins in some cases, and these are collected once a fortnight.
A problem arises, however, when a block of flats is involved where there is limited space to store the necessary number of bins.
In the block where I live there are 45 households and a rubbish bin room only large enough for two Euro bins for general household waste - collected once a week - and six wheelie bins for recycling, emptied once a fortnight.
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Instead of one recycling bin per household we have six between 45. These are overflowing within a few days of being emptied and the only answer is a weekly collection.
Our late councillor, Carol Godley, was horrified at the state of our bin room and tried to get the council to collect once a week on health and safety grounds.
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At an environment exhibition held by Huntingdonshire District Council at Hinchingbrooke Country Park on January 11, I raised the issue with one of the organisers, who promised to raise the matter, but nothing has changed.
If we are to take recycling seriously, then councils must realise that blocks of flats are a special case and take the only logical course of action.