Changes to recycling bins rolled out this month

Changes to recycling bins rolled out this month

Changes to recycling bins rolled out this month

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

The recycling service is changing in Three Rivers as wheeled bins are delivered to homes across the district this month.

Throughout June, council staff will be rolling out the new black recycling bins,  topped with a green lid.

Residents are asked not to use the bins until the week beginning June 30 and to continue using the boxes until then.

This wheeled bin will be emptied weekly.

The new bins will be able to accept the same recycling currently placed out in the boxes, plus foil and cardboard. Cardboard should no longer be placed in the brown bin.

The council is no longer able to accept plastic bags or soft plastic films. Residents are asked to place these items in their refuse bin.

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4:05pm Tue 3 Jun 14

angryangryangry says...

Can they train the binmen on what they can collect? Round our way the binman last week said he couldnt take out Green (food waste) bin as we had used special recycling bags....my wife showed him them and they took the bin away. This week, they just lifted the lid of the bin, looked inside.....and walked off, without emptying it!
Can they train the binmen on what they can collect? Round our way the binman last week said he couldnt take out Green (food waste) bin as we had used special recycling bags....my wife showed him them and they took the bin away. This week, they just lifted the lid of the bin, looked inside.....and walked off, without emptying it! angryangryangry
  • Score: 6

4:18pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sara says...

Only specific corn starch bags are accepted in the brown bin. It is not sufficient for the bins to be biodegradable, they must be compostable, otherwise they will be rejected at the waste site. See http://www.threerive
rs.gov.uk/Default.as
px/Web/BrownBins.
Only specific corn starch bags are accepted in the brown bin. It is not sufficient for the bins to be biodegradable, they must be compostable, otherwise they will be rejected at the waste site. See http://www.threerive rs.gov.uk/Default.as px/Web/BrownBins. Sara
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Tue 3 Jun 14

angryangryangry says...

The bags we used are compostable - it seems as though the binman either doesnt realise this (even after pointing it out to him and even giving him a sample to take away with him!) or is just being a jobsworth....the latter i would imagine!
The bags we used are compostable - it seems as though the binman either doesnt realise this (even after pointing it out to him and even giving him a sample to take away with him!) or is just being a jobsworth....the latter i would imagine! angryangryangry
  • Score: 7

5:00pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sara says...

Only the official bags (which are very cheap) are accepted by the commercial site that processes the waste from the brown bins. This is because they have to be sure that it will break down in the same period of tine as the rest of the compostable waste. So the in nan is doing as the council is told by West London Composting.
Only the official bags (which are very cheap) are accepted by the commercial site that processes the waste from the brown bins. This is because they have to be sure that it will break down in the same period of tine as the rest of the compostable waste. So the in nan is doing as the council is told by West London Composting. Sara
  • Score: -6

6:15pm Tue 3 Jun 14

inside-watford says...

Presumably this isn't Watford then. Why can't all council's have the same colour scheme?
Presumably this isn't Watford then. Why can't all council's have the same colour scheme? inside-watford
  • Score: 6

8:49pm Tue 3 Jun 14

BC Hornet says...

And you wondered why fly tipping is so prevalent...
And you wondered why fly tipping is so prevalent... BC Hornet
  • Score: 0

9:01pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sara says...

Sorry, people are forced to break the law and fly tip fridges and armchairs because they can't use bags to hold their potato peelings, because the commercial operator says the bags won't compost properly in their composting bins?

Do you complain that your diesel car won't run on unleaded petrol, even though they look the same and do roughly the same job?
Sorry, people are forced to break the law and fly tip fridges and armchairs because they can't use bags to hold their potato peelings, because the commercial operator says the bags won't compost properly in their composting bins? Do you complain that your diesel car won't run on unleaded petrol, even though they look the same and do roughly the same job? Sara
  • Score: 4

7:37am Wed 4 Jun 14

cgpc Rob says...

What is the cost, what happens to the wheelie bins residents already have, wouldn't it be cheaper to just replace lids?
What is the cost, what happens to the wheelie bins residents already have, wouldn't it be cheaper to just replace lids? cgpc Rob
  • Score: 1

7:53am Wed 4 Jun 14

Sara says...

If you read te report properly Rob you would see that no wheelie bins are being replaced. The recycling boxes are being replaced. Many of these are old and in poor condition.

Residents will have the choice of keeping the boxes to use for I stance as Farage or loft storage, or putting out for recycling.

The financial situation has been openly stated in a number of council reports available on the Three Rivers web site.
If you read te report properly Rob you would see that no wheelie bins are being replaced. The recycling boxes are being replaced. Many of these are old and in poor condition. Residents will have the choice of keeping the boxes to use for I stance as Farage or loft storage, or putting out for recycling. The financial situation has been openly stated in a number of council reports available on the Three Rivers web site. Sara
  • Score: 0

8:25am Wed 4 Jun 14

cgpc Rob says...

Are you sure you mean Farage, as it has sexual conectations!
Are you sure you mean Farage, as it has sexual conectations! cgpc Rob
  • Score: -1

9:19am Wed 4 Jun 14

angryangryangry says...

So in other words, you have to put all your food waste in loose, which then sticks to the sides of the bins, rots and stinks to high heaven - so you end up having to wash the bin every week/fortnight once it has been collected.

Bring back the good old days where everything went in one bin, you could dump what you like at the "dump" - if the government/council want to recycle everything then get them to employ people to seperate it all at the dumping place - perhaps convicts could be made to do it?
So in other words, you have to put all your food waste in loose, which then sticks to the sides of the bins, rots and stinks to high heaven - so you end up having to wash the bin every week/fortnight once it has been collected. Bring back the good old days where everything went in one bin, you could dump what you like at the "dump" - if the government/council want to recycle everything then get them to employ people to seperate it all at the dumping place - perhaps convicts could be made to do it? angryangryangry
  • Score: 1

10:31am Wed 4 Jun 14

Sara says...

Yes, I put most food waster in unwrapped, as I do garden waste. I do wrap meat and fish waste. But if you want bags to wrap waste, you can follow the link that I gave you and buy bags that you can use for 5 pence each.

The reason why we can't just dump whatever we want is basically that there is little room for further landfill in the South East of England. Added to the fact that it is wasteful to simply throw away precious resources and the case for recycling is overwhelming.

As for your point about sorting, that is what will happen with dry recyclables.
Yes, I put most food waster in unwrapped, as I do garden waste. I do wrap meat and fish waste. But if you want bags to wrap waste, you can follow the link that I gave you and buy bags that you can use for 5 pence each. The reason why we can't just dump whatever we want is basically that there is little room for further landfill in the South East of England. Added to the fact that it is wasteful to simply throw away precious resources and the case for recycling is overwhelming. As for your point about sorting, that is what will happen with dry recyclables. Sara
  • Score: 6

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