Our doorstep recycling regime has changed thanks to the local council’s efficiency savings. Now we get collections every fortnight.
On the first week of this new system, I received a note telling me a whole orange bin had not been taken as the bin was ‘broken or dangerous’ and it contained dirty tissues.
In fact the bin lid was not even there (they have a habit of blowing away or disappearing) and the three tissues had been used to clean up minor spillages around the home, not for any other purpose. A little annoyed, I called up to discuss the situation and was told that even if there is one ‘incorrect’ item in the bin, they won’t take the lot.
When I asked about a new bin, I was enthusiastically told I could get one free of charge if I was prepared to collect it.
Fine, I said, and there’s a collection point fairly close to home.
“There’s a problem though, as we don’t have any.”
What? When everyone has known for weeks that this reduction in service is taking place?
For the time being until there’s a new delivery, I was told I could put my recycled cardboard and paper into a plastic bag in the same way as plastic bottles and it would be collected.
I asked how then would the collectors know if there were any dirty tissues in the bags?
Stunned silence followed...
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