How do other countries organise their rubbish /waste collection? Here in Spain the dustbin lorries drive around every night about 11.p.m. emptying the wheelie bins where residents put their bags of rubbish.
In the UK from my earliest memory the dustbin men cam around every week and carried the dustbin from the door of the resident and emptied it into the dustcart. Now things have got more mechanised, the bins have got larger and residents instructed to sort out their own rubbish into different bins, The rubbish men come around every two weeks!
Residents are fined if they put the wrong rubbish into the wrong bin. There must be bins for recycled rubbish, glass, organic material etc. I find it most confusing!
Now this article has appeared into today's Daily Mail. I would love to hear members comments. PollyM
Despite ministers' vows, bin police are at it again: Families are rationed to 80 bags of rubbish a year
In the UK families face being rationed to 80 bags of rubbish a year.
Households throwing away more waste will have to take it to the tip or buy a limited number of extra bags.
The scheme is already in use with one council, is being introduced by another and is under consideration by up to 180 more.
The quotas are the latest attempt by local authorities to cut down on waste to meet EU targets.
Doretta Cocks, of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collections, said: ‘This is rationing. Some councils with fortnightly collections and wheelie bins are already doing it by reducing the size of their wheelie bins.
‘They must think we are idiots. How can they claim to be concerned for the environment when they tell people to drive to the local tip?
‘And what do you do if you don’t have a car? Walk?’
The quotas fly in the face of vows from ministers to end such heavyhandedness.
Eric Pickles, Communities and Local Government Secretary, has repeatedly promised an end to fortnightly collections and bin fines.
Yet since the election 13 councils, covering half a million people, have introduced fortnightly collections. And in areas with such collections those who overfill wheelie bins are typically liable to £100 penalties.
The bag quota regime is to be imposed by the Tory-led council in Wokingham, Berkshire, and is already in operation in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.
Many of the 180 councils that still offer unrestricted weekly rubbish collections are watching the trial.
Wokingham officials have told residents that 75-litre sacks will be given to each household and anything not left in them will not be collected.‘Every household will receive 80 bags every year,’ it said. ‘You can buy extra bags in rolls of ten but this will be deterred as a general practice.’
Families of five will get 100 rubbish bags a year and households of six or more will get 120. A council spokesman said yesterday that those who cannot keep to their quota will have to drive to municipal tips to get rid of their rubbish.
Residents will have a weekly recycling collection limited to cans, paper and card, plastic bottles and aerosols.
Plastic packaging, tinfoil packaging and glass including bottles must either go with the general waste or be taken to recycling points. Green waste pick-ups cost an extra £60 a year.
The council, which charges a Band D council tax of £1,462 a year, has told residents it will save £922,000 a year under the new system. There will be no local consultation before it is introduced next April.
Wokingham council leader David Lee said: ‘We did not want to go down the path of other councils and have fortnightly collections and wheelie bins for general waste that are an eyesore on our streets.’
Supporters of the quota scheme say some families currently get through bags at the rate of five a week.
But Grant Shapps, Local Government Minister, condemned Wokingham’s move: ‘If councils think they can hammer residents with stealth taxes through this sneaky route, the Government is prepared to take whatever steps necessary to protect taxpayers’ interests.’
Broxbourne gives families one pink bag a week for general refuse, a clear sack each fortnight for plastic bottles, a box for recycling and a green wheelie bin collected fortnightly for food and green waste.
The coalition’s new Localism Bill will make it illegal for a council to charge for a statutory service such as rubbish collection – a development that puts a legal question mark over rubbish rationing.