Herefordshire Council is extending its consultation of local
people on how household waste should be collected and recycled
in future. As more and more local residents contact the
council's web site to make their views known, the deadline
has been put back to Thursday, 10th July.
council has proposed that it continues with its weekly black
bag collection service, rather than moving to fortnightly
collections like many other local authorities. It has also
decided against national ideas about inserting microchips
in wheelie bins to record how they are used, and has rejected
any moves to impose draconian rules or fines.
the authority wants to know what people think about the
idea of using wheelie bins for collecting a wider range
of recyclables, such as glass, every two weeks. This would
enable the council to provide a kerbside recycling service
to every home in the county, an improvement on the current
72 per cent of households.
currently recycles 30 per cent of its household waste but
needs to do more to meet a government target of 40 per cent
to a web 'blog' discussion site set up by the council, there
are mixed views on wheelie bins and whether they are suitable
for all locations.
people care very much about how the council collects and
disposes of the waste we all produce,' said Councillor John
Jarvis, cabinet member for environment and strategic housing.
'We listen to and value all views, as this will help us
come to the right decision.
online consultation is proving to be very popular and the
numbers of people logging on and having their say shows
no sign of slowing down. For this reason we are extending
the period of consultation for a few more weeks until Thursday,
you would like to have your say, why not visit the council's
web site, on www.herefordshire.gov.uk or speak to an advisor
by telephoning the council on 01432 260051.
News opinion: If after consulting the public Herefordshire
Council decide to stay with the weekly black bag collections,
then surely the Re-Box team should be allowed to continue
and possibly extend their current and invaluable service
of collecting recyclable materials, rather than be replaced
by wheelie bins!.