Cllr: 'Waste service beginning to bed in'

Bucks Free Press: Cllr: 'Waste service beginning to bed in' Cllr: 'Waste service beginning to bed in'

A COUNCIL boss says the new waste service is “starting to bed in” but residents could still face missed collections in the run up to Christmas.

The joint waste contract between Wycombe and Chiltern District Councils has completed its fifth cycle and WDC’s Cabinet member for Environment Cllr Jean Teesdale said it was beginning to find its feet.

But many residents around the district have still been left wallowing in their own rubbish after further missed collections this past week.

Cllr Teesdale told Full Council on Monday: “The new service is in its fifth cycle and it is now starting to bed in.

“I know we have had problems but when you consider 200,000 bins are emptied every week, unfortunately there will be some problems until it beds in fully.”

Booker and Cressex Cllr Simon Parker asked for an update on the service after residents in Squirrel Lane were still being asked to put their waste out on the street in sacks instead of the wheelie bins.

A Freedom of Information request revealed more than 250 residents around the Wycombe District are still waiting for bins for the service.

Cllr Parker said sacks left on the kerbside attracted pests and vermin.

Cllr Teesdale said the head of waste contractor Serco had visited the area and she had sent apologies to residents affected by the teething problems.

She added: “We are reviewing the situation and hold regular meetings with Serco but we have to wait to see how it all works out [before making service changes].”

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:22pm Wed 18 Dec 13

miccles says...

“I know we have had problems but when you consider 200,000 bins are emptied every week, unfortunately there will be some problems until it beds in fully.”

The previous contractor had no problems at all, best service the council ever had, now it has gone the other way, its just like all the other services, don't trust it, its not the bin mens fault, they are working hard its the people that do not have to go round and actually do the job, which is where the fault lies. If the council didn't waste so much money on other things, then things could have stayed as they were.
You obviously get what you pay for, and in this instance, its a shoddy, cheap deal.
“I know we have had problems but when you consider 200,000 bins are emptied every week, unfortunately there will be some problems until it beds in fully.” The previous contractor had no problems at all, best service the council ever had, now it has gone the other way, its just like all the other services, don't trust it, its not the bin mens fault, they are working hard its the people that do not have to go round and actually do the job, which is where the fault lies. If the council didn't waste so much money on other things, then things could have stayed as they were. You obviously get what you pay for, and in this instance, its a shoddy, cheap deal. miccles

3:00pm Wed 18 Dec 13

u r joking says...

The councillors who voted to give serco the contract should be named and shamed so they can be voted out for causing misery to people across the district
The councillors who voted to give serco the contract should be named and shamed so they can be voted out for causing misery to people across the district u r joking

4:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Kania 2000 says...

Bedding in???? Which planet is Councillor Teesdale on ??? This change over exercise is really simple project management not rocket science! Either the councillors are being mislead by those heading the joint waste team or simply they didn't read or understand the service they have contracted to. Hopefully WDC and CDC have proper clauses over poor performance and service failure.
It would appear that none of those involved have really shown proper due diligence!
Bedding in???? Which planet is Councillor Teesdale on ??? This change over exercise is really simple project management not rocket science! Either the councillors are being mislead by those heading the joint waste team or simply they didn't read or understand the service they have contracted to. Hopefully WDC and CDC have proper clauses over poor performance and service failure. It would appear that none of those involved have really shown proper due diligence! Kania 2000

6:12pm Wed 18 Dec 13

tigeran says...

If this is 'bedding in' we are in for a world of hurt! I saw only the other day a bin man deliberately empty a waste food brown bin onto the road, kick it under the truck then throw the bin into the garden from the road! These primates that collect the rubbish should be sacked and give the job to someone who appreciates having a job!
If this is 'bedding in' we are in for a world of hurt! I saw only the other day a bin man deliberately empty a waste food brown bin onto the road, kick it under the truck then throw the bin into the garden from the road! These primates that collect the rubbish should be sacked and give the job to someone who appreciates having a job! tigeran

10:15pm Wed 18 Dec 13

pennperson says...

Kania 2000 wrote:
Bedding in???? Which planet is Councillor Teesdale on ??? This change over exercise is really simple project management not rocket science! Either the councillors are being mislead by those heading the joint waste team or simply they didn't read or understand the service they have contracted to. Hopefully WDC and CDC have proper clauses over poor performance and service failure.
It would appear that none of those involved have really shown proper due diligence!
Precisely my point and I've engaged with some correspondence around this with my local councillor but I've yet to see any real improvement on our round. My reading of the contract (obtained under FoI) is that the councils have agreed to a 12 month bedding-in period - who's winning out of this contract I wonder!. I've asked the question are we going to have a reliable service over the Christmas period and not got a reassuring reply thus far. By my maths I'm expecting the food waste for an average "at home" family to be probably 2-3 times the usual per day over the Christmas period. Overlay that with my round having a collection gap of 9 days even if the collection is on time and trying to fit in the turkey carcase then I think the food caddy is going to be full to overflowing.
[quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: Bedding in???? Which planet is Councillor Teesdale on ??? This change over exercise is really simple project management not rocket science! Either the councillors are being mislead by those heading the joint waste team or simply they didn't read or understand the service they have contracted to. Hopefully WDC and CDC have proper clauses over poor performance and service failure. It would appear that none of those involved have really shown proper due diligence![/p][/quote]Precisely my point and I've engaged with some correspondence around this with my local councillor but I've yet to see any real improvement on our round. My reading of the contract (obtained under FoI) is that the councils have agreed to a 12 month bedding-in period - who's winning out of this contract I wonder!. I've asked the question are we going to have a reliable service over the Christmas period and not got a reassuring reply thus far. By my maths I'm expecting the food waste for an average "at home" family to be probably 2-3 times the usual per day over the Christmas period. Overlay that with my round having a collection gap of 9 days even if the collection is on time and trying to fit in the turkey carcase then I think the food caddy is going to be full to overflowing. pennperson

9:55am Thu 19 Dec 13

ggstable says...

Today I watched our men tip waste paper into the same area as contents of the blue bin. This would mean we could do the same and that would save one heavy box being put out.
Today I watched our men tip waste paper into the same area as contents of the blue bin. This would mean we could do the same and that would save one heavy box being put out. ggstable

11:40am Thu 19 Dec 13

tigeran says...

ggstable wrote:
Today I watched our men tip waste paper into the same area as contents of the blue bin. This would mean we could do the same and that would save one heavy box being put out.
And would also probably involve you being fined. In the words of BCC "don't do as we do, do as we say" ...............
[quote][p][bold]ggstable[/bold] wrote: Today I watched our men tip waste paper into the same area as contents of the blue bin. This would mean we could do the same and that would save one heavy box being put out.[/p][/quote]And would also probably involve you being fined. In the words of BCC "don't do as we do, do as we say" ............... tigeran

12:59pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Blaze Falconburger says...

Oh the irony - on the day this news article was posted only half of the rubbish was taken away - they didn't empty the paper boxes yesterday in our street even though it was the scheduled day. Well done BCC, great improvement, nice one.

We still have one coloured bag which isn't on the leaflet describing the new schedule in the various bin/bag/box combinations, and my email to the council still remains unanswered after weeks.

Every house down our cramped street now has bins and boxes stacked two layers high as there just isn't space for all of the bins and boxes so it looks ridiculously. With limited path space and a sloped garden, it just doesn't work unless you want to hurdle the bins and boxes on the way in and out. Why we couldn't just have a communal bin area which is emptied more regularly which seems to work so well in all European countries but is restricted to blocks of flats here, I do not know.

But no, well done - a great improvement BCC - someone deserves a bonus and a pay rise next year for sure! I just consider it a bonus if the bins are emptied on the scheduled day!
Oh the irony - on the day this news article was posted only half of the rubbish was taken away - they didn't empty the paper boxes yesterday in our street even though it was the scheduled day. Well done BCC, great improvement, nice one. We still have one coloured bag which isn't on the leaflet describing the new schedule in the various bin/bag/box combinations, and my email to the council still remains unanswered after weeks. Every house down our cramped street now has bins and boxes stacked two layers high as there just isn't space for all of the bins and boxes so it looks ridiculously. With limited path space and a sloped garden, it just doesn't work unless you want to hurdle the bins and boxes on the way in and out. Why we couldn't just have a communal bin area which is emptied more regularly which seems to work so well in all European countries but is restricted to blocks of flats here, I do not know. But no, well done - a great improvement BCC - someone deserves a bonus and a pay rise next year for sure! I just consider it a bonus if the bins are emptied on the scheduled day! Blaze Falconburger

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree