Recycling service is a winner for residents

More than 3,500 residents have asked for an extra recycling box ahead of the switch to fortnightly collections, which has pleased Coun

More than 3,500 residents have asked for an extra recycling box ahead of the switch to fortnightly collections, which has pleased Coun

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @SwindonAdver007

SWINDON Council has saluted residents’ commitment to recycle ahead of the new fortnightly collections service, which starts on Monday.

More than 3,500 residents have already obtained an extra box so they are ready for the weekly collections going fortnightly.

Anne Rogers, 60, a retired support worker from Shaw, said: “I’ve got my extra box because I recycle as much as possible – sometimes there is hardly any rubbish in my wheelie bin.

“I’ve been doing it ever since the borough started trialling the service about 10 years ago, and it’s no bother.

“I’ve got two different bins in my kitchen, so it’s not like you have to put yourself out.

“I do it without thinking about it now and when I go away I think, ‘what am I going to do with this?’ “I think they should show places like landfill sites more on TV because it’s easy not to consider where it all ends up.

“We all have to pay the price for that, so it makes sense to recycle both for the environment and financial reasons.

“I’ll never stop recycling now – once you get into it, you never go back and it’s a nice feeling to be doing my little bit for the planet. It’s an easy way for everyone to make a difference.”

Supplies of additional boxes which people have been picking up from collection points across Swindon have now run out, but more will be available from February 9.

The recycling changes mean that from next Monday, residents are asked to put out their recycling on the next day they are due a wheelie bin or blue bag collection for general waste.

Plastics in clear bags should also be put out on this day.

Residents who still require an extra box and have been unable to get one are asked to put any surplus recycling in plastic bags or an alternative plastic container alongside their existing boxes – cardboard boxes will not be suitable for this because of the weather.

Collection crews will pick up this recycling as a temporary measure over the next few weeks until people have been able to pick up a box, if required.

 

Swindon Advertiser:

Councillor Richard Hurley, above, cabinet member for public protection, housing and StreetSmart, said: “I am really pleased that residents are showing their commitment to recycle and have, if necessary, been collecting an additional box to accommodate the service change.

“The majority of residents who responded to the consultation undertaken last autumn about these changes were in favour of this change and hopefully the combined collection day for rubbish and recycling will work well for people.

“Some said they would need an extra box, which we are happy to provide.

“Demand has been high and there will be more boxes available for collection at the end of next week.

“I am grateful for residents’ patience if they still need another box and would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their recycling efforts.

“In addition to being kind to the environment, it also means you’re helping save money on landfill costs.”

For more about the changes, visit www.swindon.gov.uk/recycling.

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7:46am Thu 30 Jan 14

birdieman says...

Of course it's been high what else are you supposed to do if you extend collection by a week and your bins already full with only one weeks use. 3500 and they ran, what % of the houses is that, poor planning as usual.
Of course it's been high what else are you supposed to do if you extend collection by a week and your bins already full with only one weeks use. 3500 and they ran, what % of the houses is that, poor planning as usual. birdieman
  • Score: 10

7:54am Thu 30 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

If only the Council was as committed to recycling as we residents. I recycle three boxes a week (house of four adults here). One extra box will be no good, even if I could get one which I haven't been able to yet. That means extra trips to the tip in the car, so extra traffic on roads, more fuel being used. Thanks SBC for helping us keep green.
Absolute joke of a policy and patronising the people of Swindon is not the way to make it better Cllr Hurley. Your party has lost my vote over this in the local elections.
If only the Council was as committed to recycling as we residents. I recycle three boxes a week (house of four adults here). One extra box will be no good, even if I could get one which I haven't been able to yet. That means extra trips to the tip in the car, so extra traffic on roads, more fuel being used. Thanks SBC for helping us keep green. Absolute joke of a policy and patronising the people of Swindon is not the way to make it better Cllr Hurley. Your party has lost my vote over this in the local elections. Wildwestener
  • Score: 15

8:03am Thu 30 Jan 14

old town robin says...

Wildwestener wrote:
If only the Council was as committed to recycling as we residents. I recycle three boxes a week (house of four adults here). One extra box will be no good, even if I could get one which I haven't been able to yet. That means extra trips to the tip in the car, so extra traffic on roads, more fuel being used. Thanks SBC for helping us keep green.
Absolute joke of a policy and patronising the people of Swindon is not the way to make it better Cllr Hurley. Your party has lost my vote over this in the local elections.
They've lost my vote too, don't we pay enough in council tax for them to provide adequate services
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: If only the Council was as committed to recycling as we residents. I recycle three boxes a week (house of four adults here). One extra box will be no good, even if I could get one which I haven't been able to yet. That means extra trips to the tip in the car, so extra traffic on roads, more fuel being used. Thanks SBC for helping us keep green. Absolute joke of a policy and patronising the people of Swindon is not the way to make it better Cllr Hurley. Your party has lost my vote over this in the local elections.[/p][/quote]They've lost my vote too, don't we pay enough in council tax for them to provide adequate services old town robin
  • Score: 12

8:50am Thu 30 Jan 14

scottwichall says...

I would be interested to see how many people have taken up the green waste service.

I registered for this straight away as I thought it was quite reasonable.
I would be interested to see how many people have taken up the green waste service. I registered for this straight away as I thought it was quite reasonable. scottwichall
  • Score: -16

9:18am Thu 30 Jan 14

Laneylane says...

I'm down to one box as lost one in the storms. Funny how a large orange box can just go missing! Surely a wheelie bin system for recycling would have been better. Other councils do it
I'm down to one box as lost one in the storms. Funny how a large orange box can just go missing! Surely a wheelie bin system for recycling would have been better. Other councils do it Laneylane
  • Score: 8

9:26am Thu 30 Jan 14

scottwichall says...

Laneylane wrote:
I'm down to one box as lost one in the storms. Funny how a large orange box can just go missing! Surely a wheelie bin system for recycling would have been better. Other councils do it
If you contact Street Smart on the number on your wheelie bin, they should provide you with a new one if it was lost due to the storms.

I lost both of mine in the storms, and they were weighted down with bricks. SBC issued me two new ones.
[quote][p][bold]Laneylane[/bold] wrote: I'm down to one box as lost one in the storms. Funny how a large orange box can just go missing! Surely a wheelie bin system for recycling would have been better. Other councils do it[/p][/quote]If you contact Street Smart on the number on your wheelie bin, they should provide you with a new one if it was lost due to the storms. I lost both of mine in the storms, and they were weighted down with bricks. SBC issued me two new ones. scottwichall
  • Score: 0

9:50am Thu 30 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

Every time i have looked on the website in an attempt to get another box or had said details will appear soon. I've been looking for weeks. Residents are not in favour of this new cut in service at all. This is a backwards step after making progress. Get the refuse collectors to pick up what they drop too.
Every time i have looked on the website in an attempt to get another box or had said details will appear soon. I've been looking for weeks. Residents are not in favour of this new cut in service at all. This is a backwards step after making progress. Get the refuse collectors to pick up what they drop too. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 8

11:04am Thu 30 Jan 14

Nosuprises says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Every time i have looked on the website in an attempt to get another box or had said details will appear soon. I've been looking for weeks. Residents are not in favour of this new cut in service at all. This is a backwards step after making progress. Get the refuse collectors to pick up what they drop too.
Dates and locations have been available on the swindon.gov site for the last 10 days.
If you need an extra box because you don’t have spare capacity in your current boxes, an additional recycle box can be collected, subject to current availability and supplies will be replenished, from the following places:

North Swindon Library
West Swindon Library
Croft Leisure Centre
Dorcan Leisure Complex
Highworth Rec
Pinetrees Community Centre

However the site currently shows them out of stock
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Every time i have looked on the website in an attempt to get another box or had said details will appear soon. I've been looking for weeks. Residents are not in favour of this new cut in service at all. This is a backwards step after making progress. Get the refuse collectors to pick up what they drop too.[/p][/quote]Dates and locations have been available on the swindon.gov site for the last 10 days. If you need an extra box because you don’t have spare capacity in your current boxes, an additional recycle box can be collected, subject to current availability and supplies will be replenished, from the following places: North Swindon Library West Swindon Library Croft Leisure Centre Dorcan Leisure Complex Highworth Rec Pinetrees Community Centre However the site currently shows them out of stock Nosuprises
  • Score: -4

11:08am Thu 30 Jan 14

PaulD says...

I really don't understand how this will cut costs. The same net anount of recycling has to be collected, so it means the lorries will fill up faster, meaning more trips back to the depot to empty or morelorries on the road. This means more man-hours regardless on those days
I really don't understand how this will cut costs. The same net anount of recycling has to be collected, so it means the lorries will fill up faster, meaning more trips back to the depot to empty or morelorries on the road. This means more man-hours regardless on those days PaulD
  • Score: 9

11:12am Thu 30 Jan 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

At the last full council meeting, Coun Hurley told the meeting that the boxes would be issued free of charge but on a restriced basis. If you then read the councils budget list for next year, it clearly says that boxes will be proved, at cost, so what is the answer please.
At the last full council meeting, Coun Hurley told the meeting that the boxes would be issued free of charge but on a restriced basis. If you then read the councils budget list for next year, it clearly says that boxes will be proved, at cost, so what is the answer please. FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 2

11:40am Thu 30 Jan 14

Trend says...

scottwichall wrote:
Laneylane wrote:
I'm down to one box as lost one in the storms. Funny how a large orange box can just go missing! Surely a wheelie bin system for recycling would have been better. Other councils do it
If you contact Street Smart on the number on your wheelie bin, they should provide you with a new one if it was lost due to the storms.

I lost both of mine in the storms, and they were weighted down with bricks. SBC issued me two new ones.
Yes, one of ours got broken and taken away. I rang to get a new one, expecting to have to pay and was pleasantly surprised to be given another for free. Every house should have two as standard apparently.
[quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Laneylane[/bold] wrote: I'm down to one box as lost one in the storms. Funny how a large orange box can just go missing! Surely a wheelie bin system for recycling would have been better. Other councils do it[/p][/quote]If you contact Street Smart on the number on your wheelie bin, they should provide you with a new one if it was lost due to the storms. I lost both of mine in the storms, and they were weighted down with bricks. SBC issued me two new ones.[/p][/quote]Yes, one of ours got broken and taken away. I rang to get a new one, expecting to have to pay and was pleasantly surprised to be given another for free. Every house should have two as standard apparently. Trend
  • Score: 3

11:41am Thu 30 Jan 14

CocoaClown says...

Nosuprises wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Every time i have looked on the website in an attempt to get another box or had said details will appear soon. I've been looking for weeks. Residents are not in favour of this new cut in service at all. This is a backwards step after making progress. Get the refuse collectors to pick up what they drop too.
Dates and locations have been available on the swindon.gov site for the last 10 days.
If you need an extra box because you don’t have spare capacity in your current boxes, an additional recycle box can be collected, subject to current availability and supplies will be replenished, from the following places:

North Swindon Library
West Swindon Library
Croft Leisure Centre
Dorcan Leisure Complex
Highworth Rec
Pinetrees Community Centre

However the site currently shows them out of stock
They have but the first date boxes were first supposed to be available they weren't due to "logistical" problems. Then when they were available they had ran out of stock in the first day so anyone at work during the day most likely didn't get a box, neither did anyone who wasn't informed of the rearranged date (unless they looked on the website at the right time). 3,500 boxes given out to compared to around 80,000 (at a guess) households in Swindon. Very poor planning. How are they going to ensure that people who already got an additional box don't go and get another one, thereby meaning people that didn't get one last time miss out yet again?
I'd also be interested to know how many people have taken up the green waste collection and the recycling rates now and in a few months time.
[quote][p][bold]Nosuprises[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Every time i have looked on the website in an attempt to get another box or had said details will appear soon. I've been looking for weeks. Residents are not in favour of this new cut in service at all. This is a backwards step after making progress. Get the refuse collectors to pick up what they drop too.[/p][/quote]Dates and locations have been available on the swindon.gov site for the last 10 days. If you need an extra box because you don’t have spare capacity in your current boxes, an additional recycle box can be collected, subject to current availability and supplies will be replenished, from the following places: North Swindon Library West Swindon Library Croft Leisure Centre Dorcan Leisure Complex Highworth Rec Pinetrees Community Centre However the site currently shows them out of stock[/p][/quote]They have but the first date boxes were first supposed to be available they weren't due to "logistical" problems. Then when they were available they had ran out of stock in the first day so anyone at work during the day most likely didn't get a box, neither did anyone who wasn't informed of the rearranged date (unless they looked on the website at the right time). 3,500 boxes given out to compared to around 80,000 (at a guess) households in Swindon. Very poor planning. How are they going to ensure that people who already got an additional box don't go and get another one, thereby meaning people that didn't get one last time miss out yet again? I'd also be interested to know how many people have taken up the green waste collection and the recycling rates now and in a few months time. CocoaClown
  • Score: 5

12:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

Nosuprises wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
Every time i have looked on the website in an attempt to get another box or had said details will appear soon. I've been looking for weeks. Residents are not in favour of this new cut in service at all. This is a backwards step after making progress. Get the refuse collectors to pick up what they drop too.
Dates and locations have been available on the swindon.gov site for the last 10 days.
If you need an extra box because you don’t have spare capacity in your current boxes, an additional recycle box can be collected, subject to current availability and supplies will be replenished, from the following places:

North Swindon Library
West Swindon Library
Croft Leisure Centre
Dorcan Leisure Complex
Highworth Rec
Pinetrees Community Centre

However the site currently shows them out of stock
I looked numerous times and there was no information available. Pointless anyway as they have already ran out of boxes. A shambles of a situation.
[quote][p][bold]Nosuprises[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Every time i have looked on the website in an attempt to get another box or had said details will appear soon. I've been looking for weeks. Residents are not in favour of this new cut in service at all. This is a backwards step after making progress. Get the refuse collectors to pick up what they drop too.[/p][/quote]Dates and locations have been available on the swindon.gov site for the last 10 days. If you need an extra box because you don’t have spare capacity in your current boxes, an additional recycle box can be collected, subject to current availability and supplies will be replenished, from the following places: North Swindon Library West Swindon Library Croft Leisure Centre Dorcan Leisure Complex Highworth Rec Pinetrees Community Centre However the site currently shows them out of stock[/p][/quote]I looked numerous times and there was no information available. Pointless anyway as they have already ran out of boxes. A shambles of a situation. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 3

1:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Sorry I just dont share all this over reaction. With everything going on in the world today, this really does seem incredibly minor. (awaits all the minus scores from the angry residents and Daily Mail readers!)
Sorry I just dont share all this over reaction. With everything going on in the world today, this really does seem incredibly minor. (awaits all the minus scores from the angry residents and Daily Mail readers!) house on the hill
  • Score: -9

2:49pm Thu 30 Jan 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

what excellent newspaper do you read then house on the hill.......
what excellent newspaper do you read then house on the hill....... FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 2

2:58pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Wildwestener says...

house on the hill wrote:
Sorry I just dont share all this over reaction. With everything going on in the world today, this really does seem incredibly minor. (awaits all the minus scores from the angry residents and Daily Mail readers!)
I've given you a minus score and I read the Times. Nothing wrong with the Mirror if that's what people like either for that matter. So stop being so condescending. Anyway, surely responding to a perceived overreaction with a comment is an over-over reaction
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Sorry I just dont share all this over reaction. With everything going on in the world today, this really does seem incredibly minor. (awaits all the minus scores from the angry residents and Daily Mail readers!)[/p][/quote]I've given you a minus score and I read the Times. Nothing wrong with the Mirror if that's what people like either for that matter. So stop being so condescending. Anyway, surely responding to a perceived overreaction with a comment is an over-over reaction Wildwestener
  • Score: 8

3:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

scottwichall says...

Hahaha.. -15 votes so far as I actually signed up for the green waste service.

Moar please!
Hahaha.. -15 votes so far as I actually signed up for the green waste service. Moar please! scottwichall
  • Score: -1

2:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

scottwichall wrote:
Hahaha.. -15 votes so far as I actually signed up for the green waste service.

Moar please!
That's what happens when Davey gets 'creative' with his thumbs.
[quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: Hahaha.. -15 votes so far as I actually signed up for the green waste service. Moar please![/p][/quote]That's what happens when Davey gets 'creative' with his thumbs. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

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