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Monthly bin collections is a FAB idea

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jdoe8 Thu 19-Jan-17 09:19:31

There is outrage over this on LBC. But I think its a really good idea, I remember the same outrage when they went to fortnightly.

We're a family of 4, we recycle, compost and avoid buying over packaged stuff and anything in plastic (especially veg and fruit!). As a result the bin only goes out once a month and often isn't full. If you don't have a garden then a weekly food collection pickup is available.

I see other people with only one or two people in their house and every other week their green wheelie is bursting. I know from times they have used ours that they put alot of food waste and packaging in the bin. We are rather wasteful in this country compared to just about every other European county.

Newtssuitcase Thu 19-Jan-17 09:21:44

For the vast majority of people it wouldn't work

We have chickens and so very little food waste, we have a furnace and two multi fuel stoves and so use all scrap paper and card to start the fires every day (including in the summer). We still need fortnightly collections.

VeryPunny Thu 19-Jan-17 09:25:04

Wouldn't work for us. Four in our household, we have a large black bin and large blue bin. Blue bin recycling takes everything (card, paper, tins, plastic etc) and even squashing things flat it's full every fortnight. Our black bin less so but we still have one in nappies and would hate for a month's worth of nappies to be hanging around in summer. We throw away very little food waste - about 1 30litre bag a week, mainly coffee grounds, peels, shells and the heels of loaves.

DontTouchTheMoustache Thu 19-Jan-17 09:25:38

Nappies alone would be a nightmare for me...the smell as much as the overfilling after a month would be awful! Then there is dog mess from the garden. I would have a bin full of dog and baby poo for up to a month...

WaitrosePigeon Thu 19-Jan-17 09:25:40

Good for you confused

Ifitquackslikeaduck Thu 19-Jan-17 09:25:59

Mad idea!

What happens to food waste? What about the people that are on a water meter and can't afford to wash all the waste - who wants food covered rubbish lying around for a month?
What about the people who don't have gardens or live in flats? They can't compost. Who's going to sort out the increase in rats and mess that'll be around the streets?

terracottaturtle Thu 19-Jan-17 09:26:55

Here's your medal: biscuit

RunningjustasfastasIcan99 Thu 19-Jan-17 09:28:35

I can't stand my fortnightly collection. I would much prefer the centralised, communal bins that the rest of europe have. Much more hygienic. Lots of recycling options and it must save ££££ I don't know why we're persevering with our rubbish system!

harderandharder2breathe Thu 19-Jan-17 09:29:23

Fortnightly was a nightmare when I lived in a tiny flat in s converted terraced house as I had nowhere to store bags of rubbish or recycling.

Councils should only do monthly if they have separate nappy type collections as some do. The council next to mine does this, not sure if it's weekly or forthrightly.

SirChenjin Thu 19-Jan-17 09:29:31

I'm guessing that you don't have babies in nappies and live in a flat in an area where your access to food is the local convenience store where everything comes in packets?

HelenaGWells Thu 19-Jan-17 09:29:38

It's a mental idea. We are a family of 5. I cook from scratch most days but we still fill a blue bin and a normal bin in 2 weeks. Our collections are fortnightly and I couldn't cope with less frequently.

Burntbum Thu 19-Jan-17 09:29:59

I agree as long as the council has adequate measures for collecting all recyclable stuff including food. Our council has an very good , simple recycling collection. All food waste, cardboard, plastic packaging, glass etc is collected.

Last week it was extremely windy on bin day. Our neighbour's bin was full to the brim and the lid wouldn't close properly. When I came home an hour later the bin was on its side and the rubbish was all over the street and on our driveway and front garden. I spent 10 minutes picking it all up. It was our normal bin day but I collected two empty wine bottles, numerous bread rolls, cardboard boxes, yoghurt pots, a ceramic dish half full of pate and a chicken carcass! All of which could have gone in the recycling bins meaning our neighbour would have been able to close her bin properly and I wouldn't have had to pick up someone else's rubbish! People just don't recycle as much as they can.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Thu 19-Jan-17 09:30:21

Monthly!!!!!!. It might be a fab idea for you. We can't even cope with fortnightly, and There's only myself and dd who lives here.
They (council)/ better not start moaning at me. If rats start waltzing around. They've chosen to move from weekly to fortnightly and Now it could be monthly, because. The bins aren't staying in my home. Stinking the place out. When they over flow. They over flow

MatildaTheCat Thu 19-Jan-17 09:30:47

Very few people in our area use the food only bins due to the foxes who, despite every deterrent known to man and foxkind, routinely drag the entire contents open and across the front gardens and pavements. Then they take a shit.

So the big bins would get extremely stinky in summer. You may have some legitimate points, in Switzerland you pay for landfill waste and there is much less but they are better at providing recycling facilities.

Our council are quite good but they vary completely from area to area.

LaLaLolly Thu 19-Jan-17 09:31:45

We're in Scotland and have fortnight collection but we have a special nappy service provided by the council every week. We also have fortnight collection of recycling and glass.

We could NOT have nappies rotting for a month though.

RunningjustasfastasIcan99 Thu 19-Jan-17 09:31:50

Also tax packaging and junk mail. Some deliveries are quite ridiculous! This is rubbish I have not even asked for. More paper and cardboard would be much appreciated. I had to change my dog food because I couldn't cope with the plastic, a good thing obviously. But not always an option.

TheNaze73 Thu 19-Jan-17 09:31:56

I agree with running

Our rubbish collection system is antiquated.

We are years behind Germany & Switzerland. We should replicate there model

TheNaze73 Thu 19-Jan-17 09:32:12

Their, not there

ilovegin112 Thu 19-Jan-17 09:33:21

I am so pleased that we still have weekly bin collection, we only have a paper bin plus tin and glass bag fortnightly, we don't have food waste collections at all

Foureyesarebetterthantwo Thu 19-Jan-17 09:33:30

Absolutely not. We recycle a huge amount of packaging and the bin is full after two weeks- things like Amazon boxes, milk cartons, tins, how can you save on this even if you buy your fruit in a paper bag? We do recycle a lot of stuff though as our council gives us a huge green bin and expects pretty much everything to go in it! If you only recycle a few tins and some newspapers, I think it's a different story.

Also, food waste is really not acceptable to be left a month, the smell and the maggots are bad enough after two weeks and in summer, I have to clean the wheelie bin out a lot.

It says a lot about a country if they can't organize their rubbish and waste to be collected so it piles up- it's a job for someone to collect it, I can't think why cutting those services, and then having to have other services to deal with rats/additional flytippin/rubbish that doesn't fit in the bin/street cleaners would be a good plan, better to collect the rubbish comprehensively and often in the first place.

Pinotwoman82 Thu 19-Jan-17 09:33:32

We are a family of 5 and o would hate it, our blue recycling bin is full, and we jump in it to make more space, my youngest is just coming out of nappies, could you imagine a month worth of nappies in the summer?? Our black bin normally is full by the day they come, it would be awful

coldcanary Thu 19-Jan-17 09:34:41

Every 3 weeks here and in general it works well. We have general waste, plastic/glass, paper and garden/food waste - collected in a rota with the garden & food waste collected every week.
Monthly I think would end up being a problem, even though we recycle we can easily fill the general bin in 3 weeks.

ItsNachoCheese Thu 19-Jan-17 09:34:49

My area is on 3 weekly collections and it is bloody horrendeous. Both my blue bin and green household waste bin are full and ive got bag that needs to go in the bin but can and its another week until my green bin is emptied. The council wont empty it if its lid is even an inch open nor do they take bags of rubbish beside the bin

jdoe8 Thu 19-Jan-17 09:35:14

*What happens to food waste? What about the people that are on a water meter and can't afford to wash all the waste - who wants food covered rubbish lying around for a month?
What about the people who don't have gardens or live in flats? They can't compost. Who's going to sort out the increase in rats and mess that'll be around the streets?*

I clearly answered that in my OP.

All these complaints are exactly what people said when we went to fortnightly. Maybe a few central bins collected daily as running said would be better. It works well for other countries. Makes people more conscious if they have to walk a bit with all their rubbish.

BarbaraofSeville Thu 19-Jan-17 09:35:26

YY running. Its reduce, reuse, and then recycle and allowing companies to bombard people with unwanted junk mail or overpackage food to ridiculous levels just spits in the face of any recycling efforts.

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