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Bin changes on the way

Week-on-week-off plan to cut costs and boost dismal eco record

Published on October 8th 2013.

Bin changes on the way

IN a bid to cut costs and improve the city's dismal recycling rate, Liverpool City Council is changing the way the bins are emptied. 

Alternate fortnightly collections for more than 100,000 households will start from October 28. 

It will mean purple household waste bins will be collected one week, with blue bins for recycled material and green bins for garden waste collected the next. 

The changes will not apply to houses which use plastic sacks for waste collection. 

Steve MunbySteve MunbyThe council says proposals will be developed to help all residents improve their recycling. Currently, Liverpool’s recycling rate is 26 percent, lagging behind the Merseyside average of 37 percent and other major cities of 30.07 per cent. The top 10 areas for recycling all have alternate fortnightly collections. 

It is estimated that, with increases to the Landfill Tax by which councils get charged per tonne of waste that is not recycled, moving to managed weekly collection services will save up to £1m a year. 

It is also believed that it will deliver at least a 10 per cent increase in recycling and recovery of material, significantly reducing the impact upon the local environment. 

“It costs us about £32m a year on collecting, recycling and disposing waste in the city,“ said Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for  living environment and localism. “This is at a time when the council is having to find savings of around £50m next year and a total of £156m by 2017. 


He added that it wasn't just an exercise in reducing costs. 

“All the evidence is that a lot of what is put in purple bins at the moment should be recycled. For most householders using their recycling and garden waste bins effectively should mean that their purple bin will not be full.

“There are huge differences in how you are able to store bins at a terraced house and how you can store bins in a semi-detached property with a garden, so we are looking at this sensibly and at different ways of collecting in different parts of the city.” 

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Boracic LintOctober 8th 2013.

"This is at a time when the council is having to find savings of around £50M", when we have just committed to spending approximately that amount on projects that we don't have to provide according to Big Joe.

Osama Bin HadOctober 9th 2013.

The problem with policies and actions like this, is that they then become the norm. The rot first set in when they changed to one man buses, Woolworths done away with tills to replace them with three at the front of the shop, and Joe Public had to queue to buy whatever, it happens in the bank daily, two positions to service an ever growing queue. Pubs done away with service in the parlour, people had to fill their own tanks in the garage, Tesco's and Asda have one individual monitoring six self service tills. How long before we have to dispose of our own rubbish? One thing is for sure, you wont be getting a council tax rebate.

Fairy NuffOctober 9th 2013.

Is this an "interim" arrangement, or has Joe suspended the bin collection for nine months, just to see how it pans out?

Cheese & EggOctober 9th 2013.

Fortnightly bin collections work well in Wirral. Of course, fter a period Uncle Joe can bring back weekly collections to win funding from Fatty Pickles who gives money to councils that abandon fortnightly collections. Pickles thinks that a fortnightly rubbish collection is a crime against God or something and he's happy to hand out OUR money to communities of dopes who can't cope with it.

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Fairy NuffOctober 9th 2013.

Well at the risk of causing utter consternation, if I'm to believe what the not so local press prints, it's about the only thing in Wirral that works well. As for Tories giving some of their loot away, I am absolutely incredulous. There is no such thing as a free lunch, Chucky Egg, and I speak as one quite fond of Pickles, anyone who can rattle Joe's cage has my eternal admiration.

Amos NonymousOctober 10th 2013.

Steve Munby is to play the part of "Aladbin" and Big Joe "widow Twanky in this pantomime, the roles were awarded because of their starring roles in Liverpool confidential stories ie. Steve as pictured and Joe for his portrayal as Mona Lisa

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