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Resident: 'There are too many bins for new recycling scheme'
A WEST Wycombe resident has been left appalled at the number of bins which are now outside her home as the new recycling service comes into play.
Denise Kelly said there is simply not enough room outside her small terraced house in Portway Drive to keep five bins.
Wycombe District Council is introducing a new household waste recycling collection service from October 28.
Bin deliveries to about 68,000 homes have already begun and for the new collections there will be five bins, compared to the three or four currently in use.
Ms Kelly has had the green, blue and brown bins delivered. She said: "When I rang to complain, the lady ... said that if I refuse to have any of the bins the council will not collect any of my rubbish.
"When I pointed out that this was blackmail she said they might be able to take away the green bin but not for three months. They might be able to give me a smaller blue bin but not for three months.
"Meanwhile my front drive looks like High Heavens."
She has since had the green bin removed by the council.
Under the new scheme households will now be able to recycle glass in their bins and a wider range of materials.
Every household will have the opportunity to recycle plastic (bottles, food trays, yoghurt pots, tubs); food and drink cans and cartons; aerosol cans; foil; glass; paper and cardboard; food waste; batteries; textiles; and garden waste. Food waste will be collected every week, complemented on an alternate week basis by recycling and rubbish collections.
The five bins are a blue bin for recyclables (plastics, cans, glass); green bin for garden waste; black bin for general rubbish; brown, lockable caddy for food waste and a green or black box for paper and cardboard.
A small silver caddy can be used for collecting food waste in the kitchen and decanting it into the brown caddy.
WDC spokesman, Catherine Spalton, said the council hopes to increase the district’s recycling rates from 39 per cent to 60 per cent in the next two years.
She added: "Where we are not able to provide a wheelie bin collection service, we are providing a sack and recycling bag solution for certain households. We are also offering residents the opportunity to swap larger bins for lower capacity ones where the household is smaller or where space is a real problem.
"Initially, we are delivering high capacity bins to households which have them already - for example if a household has a 240 litre black bin, they will receive 240 litre blue and green bins (if they don’t have this already).
"While we focus our resources on the start of the new service, those residents who would now like a lower capacity bin will have to wait for around six to eight weeks before we are able to exchange it. The same will also apply for households with any unwanted bins.
"While we would strongly encourage households to make the best use of all of the recycling collections that will be available to them and help us to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, residents do have the right to choose not to make use of them.
"In this instance, we would continue to empty the black rubbish bin on a fortnightly basis, with the bin lid closed flat, but would not collect any excess side waste. If households really don’t feel that they have the space for three bins, then we would prefer that they make use of the blue recycling bin over the green garden waste bin."
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