As Leeds City Council are forced to make cutbacks to services in a bid to save money, is refuse collection the right place to make these cuts?
I live in Middleton and the fortnightly bin collections are starting to become a big problem, with rubbish already piling up in the streets.
Leeds City Council tell us that the fortnightly collections are to encourage us to recycle more and thereby cut down on the amount going to landfill.
The trouble with their policy is that instead of putting on extra green bin collections, they have just cut in half the black bin collection. This means that when we fill our green bins with recyclable materials in the first week, we are then forced to start putting everything in the black bins, meaning we waste all the extra material that could be re-used.
It also means that every household with a family has excess bags on top of their wheelie bins, which the council are now trying to charge us for!
People are finding little orange stickers on top of the bins to tell them that they’ll receive a letter from the council about the extra bags, and then those bags are left in the streets for foxes and stray dogs to tear open. Does that sound like an efficient way to run our refuse services and keep our streets free from the litter that we’ve all tried hard to remove.
If the council really are interested in helping us to recycle and send less to landfill, then collect our green bins weekly and give us a chance.
Please show us that it’s not just another opportunistic attempt to fleece an already skint populace with something that we can not control.
It’s absolutely pathetic, I have a family of four and I do recycle but after a week my bin is full.
This article was written by Craig Sweaton using our Community Reporters website