Bin trial was 'A waste'

PUBLISHED: 10:53 19 June 2009 | UPDATED: 07:16 30 May 2010

A KITCHEN bin trial has been branded as a complete waste of time despite appearing to solve kitchen waste disposal in smaller flats and houses. Environment committee members met on Tuesday night to discuss the results of a 1000-home six month trial of s

A KITCHEN bin trial has been branded as a "complete waste of time" despite appearing to solve kitchen waste disposal in smaller flats and houses.

Environment committee members met on Tuesday night to discuss the results of a 1000-home six month trial of smaller kitchen waste caddies across Uttlesford.

At the meeting district councillor Elizabeth Godwin said that although she can see the need for a smaller bin for flats she was "horrified" by the trail.

She added: "The new food waste caddies were always going to be too small. All you need to do is prepare one large family meal or have a small party of guests and the amount goes straight up. It has use in small flats and houses but the rest of it has been a complete waste of time."

Results indicated that the caddies could be redistributed to flats and houses were wheelie bins are not viable - increasing recycling. Councillors voted in favour of the idea.

Environment committee chairman, Cllr Sue Barker, said: "The decision to provide smaller waste caddies properties previously considered exempt from wheeled bins should help boost our recycling rate.

"The council has learnt a lot from this trial and would like to thank residents who took part in the survey for the feedback they provided.

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