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Go-ahead for three week bin collections in Ramsbottom

Lancashire Telegraph: Go-ahead for three week bin collections in Ramsbottom Go-ahead for three week bin collections in Ramsbottom

RAMSBOTTOM’s local authority is set to become the first in England to collect general waste every three weeks after a crunch vote by Bury Council.

Town hall bosses have approved the change from grey household collections every two weeks to every three, despite heated debates about public health and flytipping at the meeting.

Councillors also agreed to increase recycling collections from every three weeks to fortnightly.

The new system will be implemented in the second week in October.

Brian Bamford, secretary of Bury Unite, the main union representing refuse collectors, was worried about the impact of ‘side waste’ where extra rubbish is left next to bins because it does not fit inside.

He said: “Side waste is already an ongoing and very serious problem for bin men and for public health, and overflowing grey bins which are only collected every three weeks is going to make it worse.

“Bury Council will rely more than ever on the street cleaners, putting strain on other services.”

Coun Susan Southworth, deputy cabinet member for the environment, said: “Understandably, there has been a lot of interest in these plans since they were made public, and people have been voicing their concerns or support.

“Some have asked how the proposed new collection system will work for them, and I hope that the list we have compiled will answer most of those.

“One of the most asked questions has been from residents who have large families, and want to know if they can apply for an extra grey bin.

“The answer is yes. We will continue to offer large families the chance to apply for a second grey bin if they can show they are recycling everything they can and still need extra bin space. For households with extra recycling we can also provide extra recycling bins.

“Another frequently raised topic was whether people would have enough space in their bins.

“Under the new system, the total weekly bin space residents will have across all their bins will not change. Across all four bins, the space will stay the same as it is now.

“Not so many years ago, Bury residents had only one bin for all their household waste.”

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9:05pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Malthus says...

Given the current heatwave, I am sure that Ramsbottom's odour will reflect it's name after several weeks of decaying food being left to fester in the bins of the town's residents. I would also imagine that the massive increase in the rodent population can only serve to act as a draw to people who are visiting from out of town. From a cultural perspective I think it would be a good idea if Ramsbottom twins itself with Hamelin; at least historically Hamelin is well versed in the problems associated with a rodent invasions.
Given the current heatwave, I am sure that Ramsbottom's odour will reflect it's name after several weeks of decaying food being left to fester in the bins of the town's residents. I would also imagine that the massive increase in the rodent population can only serve to act as a draw to people who are visiting from out of town. From a cultural perspective I think it would be a good idea if Ramsbottom twins itself with Hamelin; at least historically Hamelin is well versed in the problems associated with a rodent invasions. Malthus
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12:28am Sun 20 Jul 14

TheReality says...

Shove your normal waste at the bottom of the stupid bins and let them take mixed up crap to the profit plant. What a con this bull is! Millions of people working for free to make a saleable commodity each day under false pretences but yet the tax goes up each year!!!!!!!!!! wtf!!!!!!!!!
Shove your normal waste at the bottom of the stupid bins and let them take mixed up crap to the profit plant. What a con this bull is! Millions of people working for free to make a saleable commodity each day under false pretences but yet the tax goes up each year!!!!!!!!!! wtf!!!!!!!!! TheReality
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