Inside Croydon readers have reacted strongly against the council’s and Veolia’s plans to impose at least two additional wheelie bins on every household, and to expect residents to return their soon-to-be redundant recycling boxes.
Early results of an (unscientific) poll of readers suggest only one-third will happily accept the new wheelie bins, while barely 1 in 8 people intend to return the recycling boxes to the council dump for… well, recycling.
Public responses on this site and across social media have been almost entirely hostile to the plans, from residents in the south as well as the north of the borough:
“Expect absolute chaos in September, in particular in the northern part of the borough when those multiple occupancy properties have their overflowing 240-litre wheelie bins replaced with a 180-litre wheelie bin. It won’t be pleasant.”
“I live in Thornton Heath. I do not want three wheelie bins on the front of my house! More clutter and rubbish… It makes everything look untidy. Where was the consultation on this? Anyone else think this is a good idea?”
“Uproar in Purley, too. The streetscape is going to be absolutely screwed by a bin infestation.
“Supposedly there was a survey that determined which properties in the borough had the space for lots of shiny new bins. But people living in terrace houses with a small yard at the front have been told they’re having them, and people with steep frontage with lots of steps have, too.
“Message to the council: We managed to recycle fine with boxes ‘Thank -You –Very- Much’. Boxes that are easier to handle and store away. Boxes that for paper recycling are not always filled because lack of junk mail, daily papers mean the amount of this type of waste has been falling in recent years. But Croydon in its wisdom/stupidity thinks to replace the box with a bin about seven times the size.
“The council claims this change is going to save £5million a year, this is despite, according to the leaflet, some households going on to a weekly collection. I’ve got no idea the logistics of this, but you’d think that must entail a lot more refuse miles each month. Are some households in the same area going to have a higher frequency of collections? Or is just the South of the borough going to get a lower level of service out of vindictiveness?
“Croydon should bluntly tell Veolia to ‘foutre le camp’. Surveys show that single-stream recycling operated by Virdor is more efficient entailing fewer refuse journeys and fewer damned bins.”
“So am I reading this right, including the garden waste bin, we’ll have to find space for FOUR wheelie bins? I’m all for recycling, but do we get a reduction in our Council Tax for doing the council’s job for them and rental space for the wheelie bins?”
“I’d love it if they’d just empty them when they are meant to. Our paid-for garden waste service collection last Friday still not collected.”
“For some of us this will mean four wheelie bins (including garden waste) plus a food recycling bin. This is an ill-thought-out policy and fit for the dustbin of Croydon history, Tony Newman please note. For example, single people like me do not create the same amount of waste as an extended family, so we should be given the choice instead of cluttering our gardens.”
“The letter from the council said that they had commissioned a survey to check that everyone had enough space for the bins. They should ask for their money back on that.
“As for taking the existing boxes back to the dump, as usual the council presumes that everyone has access to a car. They don’t let people access the dumps on foot, even if I wanted to.”
“Four wheelie bins is a joke! I’m not sure what they are thinking.”
“How am I supposed to fit them all in my small front garden?”
“The people that sit behind the desks at the council don’t have a clue about logic and practicality.”
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