Weekly bin collections

I have been asked by Councillors what I think about the Wokingham Borough policy of having weekly bin collections. I said I was strongly in favour and did not wish to see the frequency reduced. It is a good idea to tell the Council if you agree – or if you want a change in the arrangements.

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  1. alan jutson
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Was not even aware any change to weekly bin collections was under discussion.

    I guess since you have been informed by Councillors, then these are the very people we need to contact to make our point, or is there anyone else who should be contacted ?

    Reply Pl tell your Councillor your view

  2. Lifelogic
    Posted February 1, 2017 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Does moving to bi-weekly really save much money anyway? You still have the same amount of rubbish and the same tonnage to dump, plus more rats and vermin spreading it around, plus the health risks.

    The council should just fire some of the very many overpaid and over pensioned employees, many of whom do little of any value anyway. Perhaps fire the people who are “consulting” on this daft refuse proposal for example.

  3. S Cutler
    Posted February 1, 2017 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    So long as rubbish is stored in sealed wheely bins within refuse sacks, even the cleverest and most determined rodents would struggle to gain access. If it saved money and was better for the environment, why not at least consider collections every other week?

    • Cliff. Wokingham
      Posted February 2, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      If you were a student of British history, you would know that the reason we have weekly bin collections is to do with the life cycle of flies. Their gestation period is eight days, thus why the Victorian authorities went for weekly rubbish collections.

      Not every house has space for a group of wheelie bins and slop buckets.

      If the local authority DID actually save money, which I doubt, would they reduce the Rip off tax (council tax)? I doubt it.

      Councils should be making it easier for households to get rid of their waste, whether that is for landfill or recycling, not making it more difficult and expensive because all that happens, is that more people fly tip and in the end, we all pay more to clear it up.

      I do hope that, once we get out of the EU, (if we ever do) we will not be paying £150 a ton to dump our own waste in our own nation’s land.

      As a disabled pensioner household, we want to get rid of some larger domestic items and some electrical items but, the cost to take these to the tip, given that we don’t drive, and that the items will need to go in a small van, is prohibitive.
      The state has managed to make something as simple as refuse collection and management, so complicated and expensive people have started to get fed up with it.

      • alan jutson
        Posted February 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm | Permalink


        You need to take a car to the tip as all vans (Commercial vehicles no matter how small) need to have a Local Authority permit, which has to be requested 24 hours in advance of your visit.

        You also need to apply for a new (one trip permit) every time you want to make a visit to the tip, thus you cannot visit the tip twice in one day, a possible problem/requirement if for example you are trimming your conifers, hedges, or collecting up fallen leaves in the garden etc.

        I agree with your comment that fly tipping will likely increase due to the above.

        • Cliff. Wokingham.
          Posted February 4, 2017 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

          Thank you Alan,

          Yes, I was aware of that….I need to “book” the van in and give a registration number. The Hi-Viz clad worker will, I am told, “inspect” the load and declare whether it is actually household waste and whether he believes my story. If he decides not to, I will be charged at commercial rates.
          A friend of mine said that, technically, it is likely to be illegal for me to get someone, other than a licensed waste carrier, to remove my stuff because some of it ( I believe the old domestic appliances) are counted as hazardous waste….Crazy isn’t it?

          I have 150 feet of garden with conifer and beech hedging around it. A neighbour has been cutting it down for my wife and I because we can no longer maintain it due to age and disability, I already have over Thirty rubble sacks of leaves, logs and cuttings and I’m not even half way through yet!
          In the past, I would have cut it up into small pieces and put it into our garden waste bag however, I refuse to pay a further £60 for a garden waste bin a year for something which we already paid for and would get no reduction on our rip off tax for.

    • alan jutson
      Posted February 2, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      S Cutler

      Afraid your assumption of secure containers is incorrect

      Rodents can easily eat through Plastic bins/containers, my own bin is evidence of that fact.

      Still have it, so happy for you to examine it.

      Foxes are likewise very clever at toppling wheely bins and then dragging out the blue plastic sacks.

      Far, far better to retain weekly collections to keep the scale to a manageable volume of rubbish, rather than it standing around and rotting.

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