Yet more wheelie bins

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I see that we are now expected to furnish our private space around our homes with yet more wheelie bins (think I might start a garage for them). The argument seems to be that this will save money for the council. Where is it possible to see the business case and financial justification for this, has it been published. I am not sure that I want to become a satellite waste area on behalf of the council and I don't understand how it will save money as we get fortnightly collections now so are they going to reduce collections on the basis that we can store more rubbish? How much is this exercise costing (in provision of more wheelie bins) and how will this expense be recovered?
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Brian Spencer

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  • hacked off

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Allan Oldfield, Employee

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Everything you need to know about the new scheme including the savings is included in the report titled 'Boxes to Bins' using the link below:

The biggest driver of this change was the frustration expressed by residents with the blue bags, white sacks and open green boxes.

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What's really irritating is the way commercial properties have different rules, and different councils have different rules.
Surely it would be more cost-effective, for example, to put large commercial-sized bins in certain areas for cardboard etc so that local residents can use them instead of a personal bin... you could even subsdise council tax for premises who allow a communal bin to be sited there.
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Lancashire Rose

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Personally I can't wait for the new bins.They are better than the white/blue bag and green box system . Roll them out :-))
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Cllr J Brickles

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I agree with you Lancashire Rose, the amount of on street rubbish generated by the blue, and white bag system was crazy ,and as a local Cllr the cause of many complaints. On windy days my Street often looked like a war zone by the time the collection arrived, then once the green box and bags were emptied you had to run out quickly in order to catch them before they too added to the street rubbish, never to be seen again !
I do how ever have one slight reservation, on my particular street the bins are often out for 24hrs or more before collection and on green bin day when everyone has up to three bins , this could cause problems.
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We are aware that the new Boxes To Bins programme will raise a lot of questions and concerns from people in the borough. We're currently undertaking a series of roadshows where you can asks members of our Waste Management team questions about the scheme and raise any issues you have with them. The roadshow visits The Coach And Horses pub car park in Freckleton today (from 10am) with more to come in Lytham, St Annes and Kirkham over the next few days (More information here: )

The new bins will, we hope, increase the amount of waste we recycle, currently at a very good 43% to more than 50%, will allow residents to present their waste both more safely and securely - no more bad backs and leaking water from lifting the green boxes - and prevent paper and plastic bottles blowing into streets and causing a wider litter problem. There are many benefits to recycling, not least from an environmental point of view, but it is worth baring in mind that it is significantly less expensive to dispose of waste for recycling rather than putting it in the grey wheeled bin for landfill.
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Hi All

Please read my question on Green Bins I posted last week
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Its just natural progression towards more efficient recyling. I keep the bags/box indoors between collections and its no fun recovering them after a collection to find an irresponsible dog owner has allowed their animal to urinate over them! Does this irritate anyone else?
I share Cllr Brickles observations about the street mess which the box and bags contributed to. I certainly won't mourn their loss.