Isle residents who are keen to recycle their household waste are seeing red over council policy that refuses them a larger bin for their needs.
Westwoodside resident Helen Jones voiced her frustration at being left unable to recycle as much waste as possible on a social media website, and was stunned at how many people shared her annoyance at the situation.
Helen, 57, of Upperthorpe Road in Westwoodside, said she constantly requests a larger purple bin to cater for the waste left by her family of five, but is repeatedly refused one by North Lincolnshire Council.
Helen (pictured) said: “It seems the only way you can have a larger recycling bin is if you have a small general bin – and with a family of five that is no good to us at all.
“I recycle as much as I can but this policy is ridiculous. I am tempted to put excess plastic in the green bin and let it go to landfill to take hundreds of years to biodegrade.
“Maybe when they get fined by the EU or whoever is in charge NLCC will show some common sense and give us appropriately sized bins.”
Her sentiments were echoed online by Isle resident Sheena Ballard who was refused a larger brown bin for garden waste and said: “I was told to take excess to Epworth tip. I pointed out that to do this caused far more pollution than if the bin men collected it but to no avail. There’s no wonder there are piles of waste at the sides of pavements in the area.”
Claire Petch also made comment, adding:”I am left with no choice other than to put the excess in the green bin as I don’t drive! I tried to leave excess in a bag next to the bin but they refuse to take it.”
Another spokeswoman for a family of six, Elyse Seaton, said she asks often for a larger red bin but is told she is not entitled. “Surely if we create more rubbish we would create more recycling. There is no logic.”
And Lisa Capp said: “I do recycle but some weeks my bin overflows and I have to take bags to my parents’ house two villages away!”
The council’s recycling bins policy states: ‘Whilst we encourage residents to recycle as much of their waste as possible, we are also limited on the amount we are able to collect on a refuse collection vehicle in the time available”.
“The restriction on the collection capacity from each household also addresses the council’s drive for more sustainable resource consumption and discouraging unnecessary waste.
‘The combined wheeled bin capacity for households of four or less permanent residents is set to a maximum of 520 litres. Households are provided with three 140 litre bins (total household capacity of 420 litres) free of charge but they can upsize either the burgundy (dry recycling) or brown (organic garden waste) bin to 240 litres for free (total household capacity of 520 litres). Concessions are given to larger families of five or more who can upsize the general waste bin to a 360 litre container (total household capacity of 640 litres) or to upsize one of the recycling containers to 240 litres for free and reduce the capacity of the general waste bin to 240 litres (total household capacity of 620 litres). All households have an additional 76 litres of recycling capacity with the green and blue boxes we provide.
‘The kerbside recycling collection scheme (burgundy and brown wheeled bins and the blue and green recycling boxes, textile sack and small electrical items) provides residents with the means to separate and recycle over 50 per cent of their household waste.
We are aware that from time-to-time residents will create additional waste and therefore a number of facilities are available throughout North Lincolnshire to help residents manage their waste. Recycling banks are widely available at community recycling facilities across the area, including most major supermarkets. Excess waste and recycling can also be disposed of through the network of Household Recycling Centres.
‘In order to manage waste, we encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste that is produced, and to recycle or reuse as much as possible. In the first instance residents are advised to look at what they buy: for example, fruit, vegetables and fresh meat can be purchased loose as opposed to pre-packaged in bulk. Ultimately it is a matter of personal choice.
‘The concessions given to larger families are due to the number of permanent residents in the household and not due to the size of the property or the garden. Therefore the option to upsize the brown bin as part of the larger family scheme is not typically chosen by applicants with more than five residents. The council promotes and encourages home composting as the most sustainable method of managing garden waste. For more information on home composting and details of the prices through our current scheme please see the link below to our website: www.northlincs.gov.uk/bins-waste-recycling/reduce/composting-at-home/.’