Bury waste plans - affecting Ramsbottom - are rubbished

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

PLANS by a borough to collect household rubbish bins once every three weeks have been condemned by MPs.

Bury Council’s proposal to change the cycle, affecting Ramsbottom and Summerseat, has been criticised by local government minister Brandon Lewis.

The Labour authority has come under fire from East Lancashire MPs Graham Jones, Gordon Birtwistle, Andrew Stephenson, Nigel Evans and Jake Berry.

They said they did not want the system in their constituencies.

On Wednesday, Bury’s cabinet will consider the proposal to become the first authority in England to move to three weekly collection of general household rubbish bins in October.

Labour councillors believe the switch from fortnightly collections will increase recycling rates and save money.

Neighbouring Rossendale, Burnley, Pendle, Chorley, and Hyndburn councils operate a fortnightly cycle alternating general rubbish and recyclable bin collections.

Blackburn with Darwen and Ribble Valley collect general waste weekly and reyclables fortnightly.

Mr Lewis said: “It will harm the environment by fuelling fly-tipping, and rips off taxpayers by cutting the services they pay for in council tax. This strengthens the case for changing the law to protect local services."

Ramsbottom Tory councillor Ian Bevan said: “I personally feel that every three weeks for a grey general waste bin collection is one step too far.”

Rossendale and Darwen Tory MP Mr Berry said: “I think people want weekly bin collections as they get in Blackburn with Darwen. I hope this idea does not come into East Lancashire.”

Hyndburn Labour MP Graham Jones said: “I don’t think three weekly general waste collections are viable or acceptable.”

Burnley Liberal Democrat Mr Birtwistle said: “fortnightly collections work perfectly. Lets hope this idea stays in Greater Manchester.”

Pendle Tory Mr Stephenson said: “It will encourage rats and flytipping. We don’t want it in our area.”

Ribble Valley MP Mr Evans: “My constituents would be up in arms if our council tried to impose this.”

Bury environment boss Tony Isherwood said: “Most households will continue to have a collection of at least one type of waste every week.”

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9:19pm Fri 11 Jul 14

psch says...

It's getting worse, now is the time for collections need to be a statutory requirement of every week
It's getting worse, now is the time for collections need to be a statutory requirement of every week psch
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9:43pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Pendlesider says...

there needs to be legislation in place to prevent ridiculous ideas like these going too far. if the council empty my bins ONCE every THREE weeks then I'll pay my council tax ONCE every THREE weeks. that is of course after I've billed the council for a private company to call and collect any excess rubbish.
there needs to be legislation in place to prevent ridiculous ideas like these going too far. if the council empty my bins ONCE every THREE weeks then I'll pay my council tax ONCE every THREE weeks. that is of course after I've billed the council for a private company to call and collect any excess rubbish. Pendlesider
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9:26pm Mon 14 Jul 14

GAC says...

dont worry guys, just heard that come september we could be on 3 weekly empties for green bins if the leaflet they have been pricing up is correct. funny how this wasnt mentioned when rbc said they where changing it.
dont worry guys, just heard that come september we could be on 3 weekly empties for green bins if the leaflet they have been pricing up is correct. funny how this wasnt mentioned when rbc said they where changing it. GAC
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8:04am Fri 18 Jul 14

TheReality says...

GAC wrote:
dont worry guys, just heard that come september we could be on 3 weekly empties for green bins if the leaflet they have been pricing up is correct. funny how this wasnt mentioned when rbc said they where changing it.
Can you expand on this please mate?
[quote][p][bold]GAC[/bold] wrote: dont worry guys, just heard that come september we could be on 3 weekly empties for green bins if the leaflet they have been pricing up is correct. funny how this wasnt mentioned when rbc said they where changing it.[/p][/quote]Can you expand on this please mate? TheReality
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10:45am Fri 18 Jul 14

GAC says...

yeah, our bin rounds are changing come september it was on here i think but has been printed in the rossendale freepress. but at the time the council guy was rather light on how the rounds where changing.

as for the leaflet i got talking with someone monday evening and they said a relative who works at a printing firm had seen a mock up for a leaflet for rossendale councils new bin rounds and its supposed to say green bins will be 3 weekly. rather than the current 2.

how accurate it is i dont know i guess we find out sometime in august when we get one posted through the door.
yeah, our bin rounds are changing come september it was on here i think but has been printed in the rossendale freepress. but at the time the council guy was rather light on how the rounds where changing. as for the leaflet i got talking with someone monday evening and they said a relative who works at a printing firm had seen a mock up for a leaflet for rossendale councils new bin rounds and its supposed to say green bins will be 3 weekly. rather than the current 2. how accurate it is i dont know i guess we find out sometime in august when we get one posted through the door. GAC
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12:10am Sun 20 Jul 14

TheReality says...

GAC wrote:
yeah, our bin rounds are changing come september it was on here i think but has been printed in the rossendale freepress. but at the time the council guy was rather light on how the rounds where changing.

as for the leaflet i got talking with someone monday evening and they said a relative who works at a printing firm had seen a mock up for a leaflet for rossendale councils new bin rounds and its supposed to say green bins will be 3 weekly. rather than the current 2.

how accurate it is i dont know i guess we find out sometime in august when we get one posted through the door.
thank you pal
[quote][p][bold]GAC[/bold] wrote: yeah, our bin rounds are changing come september it was on here i think but has been printed in the rossendale freepress. but at the time the council guy was rather light on how the rounds where changing. as for the leaflet i got talking with someone monday evening and they said a relative who works at a printing firm had seen a mock up for a leaflet for rossendale councils new bin rounds and its supposed to say green bins will be 3 weekly. rather than the current 2. how accurate it is i dont know i guess we find out sometime in august when we get one posted through the door.[/p][/quote]thank you pal TheReality
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