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AS 10,000 SIGN PETITION SALFORD COUNCIL TO MULL THREE WEEK BIN COLLECTIONS
 

Star date: 20th September 2016

SALFORD COUNCIL CABINET TO `CONSIDER' BIN PETITION

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition to `Stop the black bins from being collected every 3 weeks!', and now the Salford City Council Cabinet is set to `consider' it just three months into the pilot scheme, which began in six areas of the city in July.

The petition's creator is to be invited to next week's Cabinet meeting to `make representations'.

Full details here...


Salford Council Three Weekly Bin Collections
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From July this year, Salford City Council brought in three week black bin collections for an eight month period in Worsley, Boothstown, Swinton, Irlam and Cadishead, Pendlebury and Walkden, or fifty per cent of the city. The Council also intends to bring in the new collections from March next year for a five month period in Kersal, Broughton, Weaste, Seedley, Winton and Claremont.

In the Council's initial report it stated that it would be "reviewing the impact after five months" but in light of a `Stop the black bins from being collected every 3 weeks!' petition that now has 10,465 signatures, the Cabinet will be `considering' it next week, and the petition's creator will be invited to `make representations'

The Council is aiming for `full implementation' across the city from August 2017, and states that the three weekly black bin collections will increase recycling, bring `significant environmental benefits' and `reduce costs', citing that savings `in the region of 470,000' could be made this year, and 1,090,000 once the whole city has been three weeked. However, the actual levy that Salford Council pays is dependent on how much waste other Greater Manchester councils put into the system.

The Salford Star pointed out last December that the reason disposal costs for waste were so high was that all the Greater Manchester councils signed up to a dodgy, hyper expensive PFI deal, which led the then Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, to call it "botched", adding that "They are paying double the market rates to dispose of their residual waste".

The waste levy rose in 2013-14 by a massive 14% to help pay for it all, followed by a 3% reduction this year and a 0% increase next year but is set to rise by another 8.39% in 2017-18.

By the end of the PFI contract, which still has 19 years to run, the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority will have paid over 1.4billion in services, almost 86.5million in `reimbursement of capital expenditure' and over 466million in interest.*

On the three weekly black bin collections, the residents' petition states that "We are worried that this will not only increase fly tipping but also bring unwanted rodents and smell to our local area. The bins are currently collected once every fortnight which some local residents already believe is too little."

While there were some reports of unruly, overflowing fly-swirling bins during the summer, the Salford Star has had no direct correspondence from residents complaining about the new black bin routine.


*See previous Salford Star article: Salford Council wins `My old man's a dustman and he reckons the change to three week black bin collections is more to do with a dodgy PFI deal than with saving the planet' Award click here

PMSL wrote
at 16:56:52 on 22 September 2016
So the arrogant clown hall mafia will consider the petition will they ? If the people of Salford decide they don't accept what has arrogantly been forced upon them , then the mafia must obey the will of the people . After all they pretend this is a democracy . PMSL .

E Blackadder wrote
at 16:56:36 on 22 September 2016
Telegram for Mr Felse. "Please please please Stop"

The Fat End of the Wedge wrote
at 09:26:19 on 21 September 2016
There shouldn't be any flies around black bins if food waste is put into the weekly collected pink bin as it should be. It is people who are the problem, not the bin collection schedule. We have a 'normal' bin and a recycling bin in each office at work - most of the supposedly intelligent people that work there can't even get the right bin when there are only 2 choices. Ever see Hugh's War on Waste when he was going round bins in Prestwich? Same thing there, wrong stuff in wrong bins - but he also made the point that there was a lot of stuff being chucked out that could have gone to charity shops etc. The council should pop round and see what those 10,000+ people are putting in which bin... As PFI - well don't forget the NHS...

Environmentalist but practical wrote
at 09:25:53 on 21 September 2016
Thankfully I have moved away from Salford but have had problems with Salford council and their handling of bins and fly tipping. Where I lived, people would put out black bin bags in the alleys and they would not get moved. After several months of reporting this and being told it was not dumping but "bin overspill", having 5 idiots in suits coming down to tell me that there was nothing they could do, I took some action that resulted in them actually shifting this "bin overspill". Where I live now, the bins are emptied every 2 weeks, but the bins are smaller. As you should be encouraging the recycling of the garden waste, surely the bins should be large. I actually burn a lot of the garden waste as it really is too much trouble to cut branches up to go into such a small bin. I know some neighbours burn stuff that they cannot get into the black bin, which might actually save the council money, but is not environmentally friendly. With regards to black bins, you have to assume that there is a certain amount of waste that is not recyclable (Ie paper, tins, bottles etc) and if the bin is not big enough or emptied often enough there are going to be problems and it could result in more fly tipping as people will not to the tip (assuming they have a car). You only have to look how much rubbish is tipped when you walk around Salford.

RayofSunshine wrote
at 09:25:17 on 21 September 2016
Presumably any meaningful waste management strategy must include provision for the handling of highly toxic, "dishonest shite" being produced by far right, opportunist Felse!

Winston Smith wrote
at 06:23:18 on 21 September 2016
Part of the trouble is that the people doing fly tipping don't get fined anywhere near as much as they should be, it's the mug council tax payers who end up paying for both their own rubbish collection and removal of what's dumped, even though a lot of it is left by the council. It wouldn't happen if we lived in a democracy

Environmentalist wrote
at 06:22:46 on 21 September 2016
Hi Alan, landfill costs councils millions recycling saves millions, black bin = landfill; blue and brown bins = helping to save the planet...it's a no brainier in my book! Not sure what happens to the pink bins but as it's compostable I assume that's what they do with it. Environmentalist!

stewart morris wrote
at 18:41:10 on 20 September 2016
Families are not able to keep up. There are rubbish bags building up around many alleyways (I am a courier and this is across Salford) Too much npackaging on simple goods and a lack of recycling sorting isn't helping

wrote
at 18:41:04 on 20 September 2016
Hi Karen, can I ask, do you recycle? There are three in my household and we make sure we recycle everything. Food waste gets removed weekly so there's never any lingering smell. I think we need to accept that councils across the country have to save huge amounts and hopefully go some way to helping the plantet by forcing people to recycle. I do know people who moan that their black bins don't get emptied weekly but then flat out refuse to recycle anything, including their food waste!! And Felse, yawn!

Alan wrote
at 18:40:46 on 20 September 2016
Councils don't half work in silly ways. They want to empty the real waste less frequently, the black bins, but empty the pink lid bins every week, the garden rubbish ones. Priorities are a bit out of skew here. Surely it doesn't pay to send out trucks to empty pink bins, when not every one leaves them out weekly, as there's no need; surely the demand is for the black bins to be emptied. But councils, as usual, they know best.

Michael James Felse wrote
at 17:00:38 on 20 September 2016
Weekly bin collection must be imposed on each of our Greater Manchester councils by the Greater Manchester new Mayor in the name of public health. We otherwise risk widespread health risk for residents. The weekly bin collection is a must do. Felse.

Karen Allen wrote
at 14:50:04 on 20 September 2016
My black bin was full with over a week to go before collection, there are maggots visible when I lift the lid, lots of bluebottles flying around and my garden stinks. Very unhappy. Boothstown

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