Dorset bins ‘are not big enough’ say campaigners – but waste partnership says people can recycle more than ever before

Bournemouth Echo: SIZE: Steve Burdis, director of Dorset Waste Partnership SIZE: Steve Burdis, director of Dorset Waste Partnership

CAMPAIGNERS say Dorset County Council is not giving its residents big enough bins to take a fortnight’s waste.

The criticism comes following reports that the number of councils providing smaller bins than the standard size almost doubled from 2010 to 2013.

The introduction of 140 or 180-litre bins – instead of the standard 240-litre – has often been combined with a reduction in the frequency of collections.

Dorset Waste Partnership introduced 140-litre bins as part of a scheme which has already been introduced in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset.

It has credited the scheme with huge increases in recycling rates in Christchurch and East Dorset.

Doretta Cocks, of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collection, said: “Council tax payers will question every penny they pay to their councils for what should be a priority service.

“The majority of families will not be able to cope with a 140-litre bin for a fortnight..”

Dorset’s scheme includes a 240-litre bin for most recycling, a box for glass bottles and jars and a lockable container for food waste.

Steve Burdis, director of Dorset Waste Partnership, said: “The bin for rubbish is smaller than their recycling bin because the new service allows them to recycle much more than before, including food waste, bulky cardboard and mixed plastics.”

Critics have claimed a reduction in bin sizes will mean more fly-tipping, but Mr Burdis said: “We have not seen a notable rise in fly-tipping.”

Collections continue

Bournemouth council introduced a 140-litre bin for general rubbish in 2006, along with a 240-litre bin for recycling.

Georgina Fry, waste and resource projects manager for the borough, said: “We have committed to retaining weekly collections of general rubbish and have no plans to reduce the bin sizes. We are further enhancing waste services with the introduction of the new food waste collections in March this year.”

Poole is due to swap all its residents’ 240-litre bins for 180-litre models this year, while replacing 140-litre recycling bins with 240-litre versions.

Weekly collections will continue, at least until a decision is made about food waste collections in 2015.

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2:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

woby_tide says...

So she is criticising a bin that she hasn't even received yet? How about trying and seeing just how much of your normal waste you should have been recycling previously, then judge if it's too small. The rest of the County doesn't seem to be struggling with them.
So she is criticising a bin that she hasn't even received yet? How about trying and seeing just how much of your normal waste you should have been recycling previously, then judge if it's too small. The rest of the County doesn't seem to be struggling with them. woby_tide

5:38pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Don't get me started says...

I have a family of four adults and we're still on the old system but do lots of recycling and have plenty of space in our 240litre bin. I have stopped deliveries from Tesco and shop more frequently at my local supermarket and have seen a large reduction in the amount of waste we are producing. Even at Christmas with 6 adults in the house we still didn't fill the bin!
I have a family of four adults and we're still on the old system but do lots of recycling and have plenty of space in our 240litre bin. I have stopped deliveries from Tesco and shop more frequently at my local supermarket and have seen a large reduction in the amount of waste we are producing. Even at Christmas with 6 adults in the house we still didn't fill the bin! Don't get me started

6:38pm Fri 31 Jan 14

dorsetgills says...

Well the recycle bin is full within a few days but is only emptied every two weeks I have to throw out more than I recycle so going to a smaller bin
Is defeating the recycling object and destroying the earth!!!!!
Well the recycle bin is full within a few days but is only emptied every two weeks I have to throw out more than I recycle so going to a smaller bin Is defeating the recycling object and destroying the earth!!!!! dorsetgills

8:14pm Fri 31 Jan 14

woby_tide says...

dorsetgills wrote:
Well the recycle bin is full within a few days but is only emptied every two weeks I have to throw out more than I recycle so going to a smaller bin
Is defeating the recycling object and destroying the earth!!!!!
Maybe you need to cut down your consumption rather than complaining small bins are the cause of the earths destruction in your words.....
[quote][p][bold]dorsetgills[/bold] wrote: Well the recycle bin is full within a few days but is only emptied every two weeks I have to throw out more than I recycle so going to a smaller bin Is defeating the recycling object and destroying the earth!!!!![/p][/quote]Maybe you need to cut down your consumption rather than complaining small bins are the cause of the earths destruction in your words..... woby_tide

10:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

rozmister says...

woby_tide wrote:
dorsetgills wrote:
Well the recycle bin is full within a few days but is only emptied every two weeks I have to throw out more than I recycle so going to a smaller bin
Is defeating the recycling object and destroying the earth!!!!!
Maybe you need to cut down your consumption rather than complaining small bins are the cause of the earths destruction in your words.....
Couldn't agree more!
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsetgills[/bold] wrote: Well the recycle bin is full within a few days but is only emptied every two weeks I have to throw out more than I recycle so going to a smaller bin Is defeating the recycling object and destroying the earth!!!!![/p][/quote]Maybe you need to cut down your consumption rather than complaining small bins are the cause of the earths destruction in your words.....[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more! rozmister

12:46pm Sun 2 Feb 14

tabatha says...

I do not get Ms **** problem, collections are happening every week, the difference is the kind of waste that is collected. With paper, card,plastic,glass and tins going in the recycling bin and food waste being collected weekly you have to wonder what is left to go in the rubbish bin!

As for the cost of the service I thought the whole idea of recycling more is to reduce costs as burying waste in a hole in the ground is not only bad for the environment but also rather expensive.

I agree with woby-tide stop blaming everybody else for the ills of the world and take responsibility for your own actions......

End of rant.
I do not get Ms **** problem, collections are happening every week, the difference is the kind of waste that is collected. With paper, card,plastic,glass and tins going in the recycling bin and food waste being collected weekly you have to wonder what is left to go in the rubbish bin! As for the cost of the service I thought the whole idea of recycling more is to reduce costs as burying waste in a hole in the ground is not only bad for the environment but also rather expensive. I agree with woby-tide stop blaming everybody else for the ills of the world and take responsibility for your own actions...... End of rant. tabatha

12:50pm Sun 2 Feb 14

tabatha says...

Oops, seems that the Echo does not like Doretta's surname!
Oops, seems that the Echo does not like Doretta's surname! tabatha

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