Gravesham council respond to petition, with over 700 signatures, opposing bin collection changes
PUBLISHED: 13:53 08 June 2017
The council have said if households require a second recycling bin, they can apply for one
Gravesham council have responded to an over 700-signatures strong petition calling for the re-evaluation of the changes to bin collections.
The campaign, created by 30-year-old Simon Chapman, opposes the bi-weekly collection of the bins, which began on June 5.
He said: “There needs to be a change to the proposal to have the rubbish collected every two weeks, instead of every week, and the fact that they’re providing a small bin, with refusal to accept extra black sacks. The bins they’re providing will barely take two black sakes worth of rubbish.”
A council spokesperson, said: “The petition is factually incorrect and represents a misunderstanding of the new service that is being provided.
“What we’re doing in Gravesham is not new, with over 70 per cent of councils across the country already on alternate weekly collections and using wheelie bins for both waste and recycling.
“The majority of items thrown away by households are recyclable, and if residents use their recycling bins, then the 180 litre residual waste bin should be sufficient for the majority of households.
“The refuse collection is still a weekly service, recycling bins one week and the consecutive week will be residual waste. Food waste bins will continue to be collected weekly.
“For families of six or more people if your 180 litre new residual bin is not large enough let us know and we will provide you with a larger bin. If households require a second recycling bin let us know and we will provide one for you.
“This is a second part of a phased roll out, and with the success of phase one in 2014 we will be working hard to make the transition to the new service as easy as possible for residents. A key aim of phase two of the project is to help keep our streets cleaner and with more waste contained in wheelie bins we’re confident our streets and neighbourhoods will be tidier.
“We want to encourage more people to recycle, and the bins provided should be more than adequate for households. Therefore, additional trips to the tip should not be required for domestic waste.”