Let’s hope Len doesn’t read this

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A council wants to become the first in England to empty the bins once every three weeks.

Waste bosses in Bury, where the average household pays £1,510 [$3000] a year in council tax, say the changes will save them £1million a year and also force people to recycle more.

The Labour-run council moved to fortnightly collections three years ago but now believe households can wait another week for their rubbish to be collected.

But critics have also said the streets in the Greater Manchester town will be flooded with rubbish, attract rats and stink in hot weather.

Isn’t it strange how council services that are being provided less frequently still seem to cost more?  We are paying more for getting less.  And councils are the only ones that are getting away with this.  

Councillor Tony Isherwood said: ‘Treatment and disposal of waste from grey bins costs us around £28,000 per day, or £10.2 million per year. A lot of this waste could be recycled instead. Given that studies show it’s possible to recycle 75 per cent of household waste, we know we can and must do more. Recycling just 10 per cent more than we do now would save £1m per year.

‘Residents can be assured that we’ll be doing everything we can to smooth the changes for everyone and helping to remove any barriers to recycling.’

The council is facing budget cuts of £32million over the next two years and hopes it will save significant sums every year and increase recycling rates from 47.6 per cent to 60 per cent by March 2015.

The plan will go before the council’s cabinet committee next Wednesday.

A Government minister said it is a sign that Labour, who run the council, want to move towards bins being emptied just once a month.

It used to be that councils was all about water, waste and rubbish collection, but now they’re even trying to get out of that responsibility as much as possible.  Instead we have social engineering, budgets for opera but not rescue helicopters, and reduction of services like rubbish collection and libraries.

All the while, you get charged more for everything, especially if you don’t use it, because as they make it more expensive, and people use services less, the councils put the rates up due to falling revenue.


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