Postbag - The ongoing problems of wheelie bins

PUBLISHED: 10:45 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:09 28 May 2010

THE letter from the chief executive of Uttlesford DC, Alasdair Bovaird, was somewhat disingenuous in implying that there would be great flexibility in determining who had wheelie bins and who didn't. I am sure the council has taken advice and been made aw

THE letter from the chief executive of Uttlesford DC, Alasdair Bovaird, was somewhat disingenuous in implying that there would be great flexibility in determining who had wheelie bins and who didn't.I am sure the council has taken advice and been made aware of the draconian powers local authorities have in imposing this scheme.Make no mistake, if you have an area of 10ft by 4ft which can be accessed from the road, YOU WILL HAVE these bins.It is irrelevant if it is the total area of your garden, car parking space or you are disabled, old or infirm and would find it impossible to drag the bins to the road and then have to drag them back again.To say the bins are aesthetically more pleasing than plastic bags is somewhat arguable, but once the rubbish has been collected, where are the bags?But oh dear, those bins just litter paths all day until you return from work. And what happens when you are away on holiday? Still they hang around on the pavement, flagging a large sign stating 'this household is out'.Whilst it might appear to reduce the total waste in Uttlesford, I am certain it will proportionately increase the load on the municipal dump (conveniently paid for by Essex County Council) although I can assure readers that within five years you will be paying for each visit to the dump, the cost dependent on what you are disposing of.It is not the disposing of waste that should be the issue, but the proliferation of packaging.Did we really need that box, bag, wrapping that came with the item we bought?How about a public meeting to confirm just how flexible the council will be?Will the bins always be returned 'tidily'? All collected on the same day? Will there be more than one size, can we choose colours?If you don't like the idea of the bins, NOW is the time to write and let the council know.STEPHEN WILLIAMSSaffron Walden

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