This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 18/07/2018.
‘You will get used to new bins’ councillor tells angry Croydon residents
Some people have complained that they don’t have room outside their homes for the new bins which are being provided by the council in a bid to increase recycling.
“You will get used to it” was the message at a council cabinet meeting on Monday (July 16) to anyone concerned about the new bins being dished out to Croydon residents.
Councillor Stuart Collins asked residents to get on board with the changes when updating cabinet members on the plans.
The cabinet member for clean, green Croydon said the decision to issue most households with new wheelie bins will increase recycling in the borough.
Some bins have already been delivered with first collections set to start in September.
But there have been concerns raised by some residents that they will not have enough space in front of their homes.
Cllr Collins said: “We all know over the years we have heard stories about how unpopular the tubs are and the boxes that we use at the moment in terms of the spillages, lids going missing and the breakages on those boxes.
“The wheelie bin actually takes away that issue – it is less likely to be got into by foxes that can smell the residue of food left in the plastics.”
He added that he has spoken to contractor Veolia to “reiterate” that spillages must be cleared up if they happen on collection day, after a number of comments from residents that the council should focus on sorting out this common occurrence before worrying about new bins.
“In terms of the actual space difference it will actually make to a resident’s household, if you lined up the particular receptacles side by side just by replacing the boxes with the three wheelies you only take up an extra 22.5 inches,” said Cllr Collins.
“So that is all we’re asking residents, to go the extra mile.”
Responding to concerns about space he said the 180-litre bins would not be “imposed” on people if they did not have the space.
But he added: “It’s important to be bold for the sake of the planet.
“Most of the boroughs that have introduced this have seen an increase in recycling rates from 30 per cent to well over 50 per cent.
“I would say to residents it is very difficult for the council to introduce a bespoke system based exactly on your property and your wishes.
“The operator believes this will save the borough £5 million each year so it very quickly becomes financially important.
“And I would say respectfully to those who think it is about what is suitable for their doorstep and their opinions – it isn’t.
“It is more important that we do our bit to save the planet.
“It isn’t the end of the world if you have three wheelie bins in your garden and you don’t like the look of it.
“At the end of the day, once you’ve had the system and it’s been up and running for a while you will get used to it.”
Households in the borough will be given new 240-litre wheelie bins for mixed paper and card, as well as a new 180-litre wheelie bin for general rubbish.
Existing bins will instead be used for recycling glass, plastic packaging, cans and cartons.
The council has set up a dedicated phone line to answer queries on the issue from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, which can be reached by calling 0208 604 7282.