One bin per household as council prepares for alternate weekly waste collections

A SINGLE black bin is expected to be enough for every household’s rubbish once the county’s alternate weekly waste collections start.

And cash-strapped Herefordshire Council is giving those bins away in a bid to boost support for the collections which see general waste going one week and recyclables the next.

The bins will be delivered over August ahead of the collections starting in November.

But the council confirmed today (Tues) that only one bin will be available for each household – along with a set of instructions on how to use it and a “collection calendar”.

The council expects to save around £500k a year by moving to alternate collections.

Cllr Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets said the saving could be invested in “key priorities” such as social care.

“Alternative weekly collections is a widely used approach to waste and recycling collection and has been used successfully in Shropshire and most of Worcestershire for many years,” said Cllr Bramer.

“Recycling rates in Herefordshire are currently under the level expected by Government and this move has been shown to increase recycling rates in other areas in the UK,” he said

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12:22pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Bindi2014 says...

One bin is enough, you must be joking surely, where we live in a week several properties put out 7 bags of their own, timed by 2, that's 14 bin bags. no way will that fit into one black bin. :( and cash strapped? yea right, where do they find all the cash for a new records office??
One bin is enough, you must be joking surely, where we live in a week several properties put out 7 bags of their own, timed by 2, that's 14 bin bags. no way will that fit into one black bin. :( and cash strapped? yea right, where do they find all the cash for a new records office?? Bindi2014
  • Score: 7

1:40pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Hereford person says...

Well there can't be much left to cut now Bramer is having his turn. Him and his fellow cabinet have destroyed our county, roads, grass cutting and the Rockfield car park and their plans to buy out businesses with our money, no wonder they have blitzed Herefordshire with these ludicrous ideas.
But the problem is that our incomers will vote for these buffoons or those who stand again.
Well there can't be much left to cut now Bramer is having his turn. Him and his fellow cabinet have destroyed our county, roads, grass cutting and the Rockfield car park and their plans to buy out businesses with our money, no wonder they have blitzed Herefordshire with these ludicrous ideas. But the problem is that our incomers will vote for these buffoons or those who stand again. Hereford person
  • Score: 10

1:51pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Hilary Jones says...

"A single black bin" may just be misleading. What it does not say is whether that single black bin is a dustbin or a wheely bin - and earlier stories have implied that they will be wheely bins. And if one household can't get two weeks' worth of rubbish into a bin the size of the current green ones, then they are doing something seriously wrong
"A single black bin" may just be misleading. What it does not say is whether that single black bin is a dustbin or a wheely bin - and earlier stories have implied that they will be wheely bins. And if one household can't get two weeks' worth of rubbish into a bin the size of the current green ones, then they are doing something seriously wrong Hilary Jones
  • Score: 27

2:17pm Tue 3 Jun 14

mizza21 says...

A green wheelie bin for recycling and a black one for regular rubbish should be quite enough for anyone to dispose of two weeks waste.
We oredered a large green wheelie bin because our 2 weeks recycling wouldn't quite fit into a regular one as we have a large family.
We only put out one Black bag per week.

We compost a lot of waste and don't use supermarkets much, so we don't end up with a mountain of plastic packaging, however, I don't suppose this will be easy for a lot of people who are attached to the teat of Tescos.
A green wheelie bin for recycling and a black one for regular rubbish should be quite enough for anyone to dispose of two weeks waste. We oredered a large green wheelie bin because our 2 weeks recycling wouldn't quite fit into a regular one as we have a large family. We only put out one Black bag per week. We compost a lot of waste and don't use supermarkets much, so we don't end up with a mountain of plastic packaging, however, I don't suppose this will be easy for a lot of people who are attached to the teat of Tescos. mizza21
  • Score: 14

4:18pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Gillian1961 says...

council cutting back on services again first pot holes, then grass cutting, now refuge collection o and the closing of public toilets, did we have a cut in our council TAX NO what next schools on three day a week some thing do's not had up
council cutting back on services again first pot holes, then grass cutting, now refuge collection o and the closing of public toilets, did we have a cut in our council TAX NO what next schools on three day a week some thing do's not had up Gillian1961
  • Score: 2

6:18pm Tue 3 Jun 14

stevegs says...

Some of us have solid fuel central heating systems. Although wood ash can go on the garden (helps break down Herefordshire clay), coal ash should not. One week's worth of ash won't overfill a bin, but it makes it very heavy. Two weeks-worth would probably still fit in the council's new bin, but it's likely it would break with the extra weight! (And if you're wondering, I *do* let mine cool down first in a bin in the kitchen. No point in wasting energy...)

I suppose I could use the ash to fill a few potholes....
Some of us have solid fuel central heating systems. Although wood ash can go on the garden (helps break down Herefordshire clay), coal ash should not. One week's worth of ash won't overfill a bin, but it makes it very heavy. Two weeks-worth would probably still fit in the council's new bin, but it's likely it would break with the extra weight! (And if you're wondering, I *do* let mine cool down first in a bin in the kitchen. No point in wasting energy...) I suppose I could use the ash to fill a few potholes.... stevegs
  • Score: 12

8:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Redbird says...

Dear Hereford Person,

Don't tar me with that brush, I'm an 'incomer' and will certainly not be voting them back. I didn't vote for them before either by the way! I'm assuming you do more than just comment on this website?

A lot of 'incomers' love this City and are as upset as you are about all these changes.
Dear Hereford Person, Don't tar me with that brush, I'm an 'incomer' and will certainly not be voting them back. I didn't vote for them before either by the way! I'm assuming you do more than just comment on this website? A lot of 'incomers' love this City and are as upset as you are about all these changes. Redbird
  • Score: 7

9:33pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mjölnir says...

Massive cuts to services, none to our council tax, and none to the head wasters wages either. The council and housing associations are a joke, with useless staff. Yes I wonder why we bother paying anything to these buffoons. But there you go. Maybe it is time they found out how the real world works.
Massive cuts to services, none to our council tax, and none to the head wasters wages either. The council and housing associations are a joke, with useless staff. Yes I wonder why we bother paying anything to these buffoons. But there you go. Maybe it is time they found out how the real world works. Mjölnir
  • Score: 2

9:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

WYSIATI says...

Gillian1961 wrote:
council cutting back on services again first pot holes, then grass cutting, now refuge collection o and the closing of public toilets, did we have a cut in our council TAX NO what next schools on three day a week some thing do's not had up
No we had a below inflation rise - so a real terms cut if you want to be fussy. The council budget for 2014-15 is a total of over £400 million, council tax raises £100 million (give or take). So as the Govt cuts back the other sources of money there is less money to go around - hence the cuts to services. Blame the Government - since they choose to make the cuts they would presumably tell you that you've had a reduction in general taxation - try not to spend it all at once (I can't say I've noticed it) - I did notice that they reduced taxes on business substantially - can't remember voting for that.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian1961[/bold] wrote: council cutting back on services again first pot holes, then grass cutting, now refuge collection o and the closing of public toilets, did we have a cut in our council TAX NO what next schools on three day a week some thing do's not had up[/p][/quote]No we had a below inflation rise - so a real terms cut if you want to be fussy. The council budget for 2014-15 is a total of over £400 million, council tax raises £100 million (give or take). So as the Govt cuts back the other sources of money there is less money to go around - hence the cuts to services. Blame the Government - since they choose to make the cuts they would presumably tell you that you've had a reduction in general taxation - try not to spend it all at once (I can't say I've noticed it) - I did notice that they reduced taxes on business substantially - can't remember voting for that. WYSIATI
  • Score: 4

11:14pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Holmerowan says...

Only last week the Hereford Times ran an article about the Council spending £7 million on changing the street lights to LEDs and justifying it with some very dubious savings over a 20 year period.
What do we need the lights changed for ???
The ones we have work ok If it ain't broken why try to fix it !
That is 7 million that could have been used for necessary services like the bin collection, grass cutting and public toilet facilities open and cleaned.
This ruling administration are incapable of running a budget.
Yes we all know there is less money but these Idiots are spending it on superfluous projects, that are not, what we ,the tax payer need .
Any normal thinking person would be able to see the stupidity and false savings that all these petty cuts are having on the city and county in terms of environment tourism and pride.
Only last week the Hereford Times ran an article about the Council spending £7 million on changing the street lights to LEDs and justifying it with some very dubious savings over a 20 year period. What do we need the lights changed for ??? The ones we have work ok If it ain't broken why try to fix it ! That is 7 million that could have been used for necessary services like the bin collection, grass cutting and public toilet facilities open and cleaned. This ruling administration are incapable of running a budget. Yes we all know there is less money but these Idiots are spending it on superfluous projects, that are not, what we ,the tax payer need . Any normal thinking person would be able to see the stupidity and false savings that all these petty cuts are having on the city and county in terms of environment tourism and pride. Holmerowan
  • Score: 14

12:07am Wed 4 Jun 14

airforce 1 says...

what is your problem you hairy fud people,you is stupid,you voted them in,now vote them out,give your opinion to your MP and tell them,you is out next time if you don't buck up, votes count,sitting on your backsides counts for nothing,hairy fud people are lazy and let someone else do the work until they are dissatisfied,then then they go,beer and bingo and talk about it,do nothing.
what is your problem you hairy fud people,you is stupid,you voted them in,now vote them out,give your opinion to your MP and tell them,you is out next time if you don't buck up, votes count,sitting on your backsides counts for nothing,hairy fud people are lazy and let someone else do the work until they are dissatisfied,then then they go,beer and bingo and talk about it,do nothing. airforce 1
  • Score: -6

6:54am Wed 4 Jun 14

imawardy says...

ive been waiting nearly 12 months for a family size recycle bin..... I wont hold my breath
ive been waiting nearly 12 months for a family size recycle bin..... I wont hold my breath imawardy
  • Score: 7

9:51am Wed 4 Jun 14

hotmumma says...

I have a large family and unless the bins are of substantial size all our rubbish won't fit in one bin, I recycle everything I can and we compost our waste but there is still a large proportion of things we have to put in a bin. I don't pay my council tax for all our current services to be cut. If the public have to start doing the grass cutting and extra tip runs to get rid of things our services should be doing then we should all get a rebate.
I have a large family and unless the bins are of substantial size all our rubbish won't fit in one bin, I recycle everything I can and we compost our waste but there is still a large proportion of things we have to put in a bin. I don't pay my council tax for all our current services to be cut. If the public have to start doing the grass cutting and extra tip runs to get rid of things our services should be doing then we should all get a rebate. hotmumma
  • Score: 0

12:27pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Hilary Jones says...

Blame Pickles! If you want services, you have to pay for them. Pickles stops the councils charging more for services whose costs are constantly rising, and cuts the subsidy from central government at the same time, therefore inevitably the services have to be cut.
Blame Pickles! If you want services, you have to pay for them. Pickles stops the councils charging more for services whose costs are constantly rising, and cuts the subsidy from central government at the same time, therefore inevitably the services have to be cut. Hilary Jones
  • Score: 3

2:34pm Wed 4 Jun 14

mizza21 says...

You can ask the council for bigger bin.
We did and its massive like a green skip outside the house which still gets totally full every fortnight.
I suspect the black bins which will be used for rubbish will get rather stinky after a couple of weeks of hot weather though.
Who would be a binman?
You can ask the council for bigger bin. We did and its massive like a green skip outside the house which still gets totally full every fortnight. I suspect the black bins which will be used for rubbish will get rather stinky after a couple of weeks of hot weather though. Who would be a binman? mizza21
  • Score: 1

7:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

tilliemay1 says...

Will they have to buy larger or more bin lorries to accommodate as the collection of two weeks rubbish is going to be larger Oh silly me we can take it to the rubbish dump ourselves along with the grass cuttings or set up a community rota for this !!!!!!!!!!!
Will they have to buy larger or more bin lorries to accommodate as the collection of two weeks rubbish is going to be larger Oh silly me we can take it to the rubbish dump ourselves along with the grass cuttings or set up a community rota for this !!!!!!!!!!! tilliemay1
  • Score: -1

6:43pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Quinsman says...

Bearing in mixed the last paragraph of the article that recycling is under government targets, I am amazed that Herefordshire does not recycle food waste, which if statistics are to be believed (?) there is a lot of it which goes to landfill unnecessarily. I have been in an area that provided small food bins for the kitchen itself and a larger bin for outside (which was vermin proof). This kept smells out of your kitchen bin and the waste did not go to landfill. The bin was collected weekly. At the moment food waste seems to go in the black sacks which are notorious for being attacked by birds and vermin leaving waste over the pavements and / or bin areas. I am sure that West Oxfordshire would be happy to discuss if someone from Herefordshire would like to talk to them.
PS I am an incomer but haven't decided who to vote for yet!
Bearing in mixed the last paragraph of the article that recycling is under government targets, I am amazed that Herefordshire does not recycle food waste, which if statistics are to be believed (?) there is a lot of it which goes to landfill unnecessarily. I have been in an area that provided small food bins for the kitchen itself and a larger bin for outside (which was vermin proof). This kept smells out of your kitchen bin and the waste did not go to landfill. The bin was collected weekly. At the moment food waste seems to go in the black sacks which are notorious for being attacked by birds and vermin leaving waste over the pavements and / or bin areas. I am sure that West Oxfordshire would be happy to discuss if someone from Herefordshire would like to talk to them. PS I am an incomer but haven't decided who to vote for yet! Quinsman
  • Score: 0

11:41pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Gillian1961 says...

We are getting the Bins in August but the it dosn't start untill november the bins are going to be over flowing by then and very smelly
We are getting the Bins in August but the it dosn't start untill november the bins are going to be over flowing by then and very smelly Gillian1961
  • Score: -1

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