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Grantham Journal letter: Bin rules are baffling

Garden Waste Bin EMN-160826-135440001
Garden Waste Bin EMN-160826-135440001

Am I the only one who is getting a bit fed up with the weekly lecture from from SKDC, telling us what we can and can’t put in our waste bins and where, when and how we must put our bins out?

The latest tells us that we can’t put fruit, vegetables, specifically windfall apples, in the green garden waste bin. Of course, we pay an extra premium for this service, but I’m beginning to wonder why.

SKDC’s website says that we can put plants in the green bin, but not fruit, vegetables or food. I grow my own vegetables and at this time of year, towards the end of the growing season, I have plants to dispose of, some I compost, but not all, and I am left a bit confused by the policy.

Are SKDC seriously suggesting that I can put my old tomato plants in the green bin, but not any of the tomatoes? What about cabbages and other vegetable plants that don’t quite make the grade? They are plants, so by definition they can go in, but hang on, they are also vegetables, so they are edible and that makes them food, so therefore they can’t.

Time and time again, SKDC move the goal posts, making it more and more difficult to recycle. We used to be able to put clothes and textiles in the grey bin, but not anymore.

The list of things that can go in both the green and grey bin gets ever smaller with nearly every lecture in the paper inviting us do SKDC’s job for them by taking them to the local recycling points yourself. Thanks, I’d love to, but actually, I’m paying my council tax for you to do it.

Here’s a novel idea, how about SKDC, provide a decent service? Fulfilling their legal responsibility to take away my rubbish, from my home and when they’ve done that, how about putting my bin back, where I left it, somewhere in the general direction of my house.

Other councils around the region do a much better job than SKDC, and I suspect that their ridiculous, pedantic, poorly thought out policies do nothing to prevent fly tipping and overflowing bins throughout the town, as householders seek other ways to dispose of their rubbish when the council won’t take it away.

So what if there’s an extra black bag out next to the bin on collection day, so what if there are a few apples in the top of someone’s green bin, is that really a valid reason for not taking it?

Now, I like to try to recycle as much as the next man, but from now on, until SKDC stop lecturing me, and sort themselves out, my approach will be simple, I guarantee that my black bin will be very full, each and every time it is collected, but my grey or green bin probably won’t be.

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