All will get a wheelie bin

I FULLY respect Martyn Fisher s right to express his views on wheelie bins (Postbag 5 August). However, in the interests of clarity I must correct a misleading statement made in his letter last week. As a council we have never made a public commitment tha

I FULLY respect Martyn Fisher's right to express his views on wheelie bins (Postbag 5 August). However, in the interests of clarity I must correct a misleading statement made in his letter last week.

As a council we have never made a public commitment that any resident in the borough will be able to refuse wheelie bins and continue using black sacks. All houses and most low rise flats will be receiving a grey wheelie bin from the middle of August onwards.

This decision was taken after a very extensive pilot scheme in which we consulted 4,954 residents who had direct experience of the bins. A very high proportion of these, more than nine in ten, said they approved of the scheme. Our experience of black sacks is that they create litter on the streets and lead to a low recycling rate.

There are some properties which will not be suitable for wheelie bins. For example, houses which open directly onto the street and flats above shops. Our team of recycling officers are currently making assessments of these properties and a decision will be made on a case by case basis.

Every home which is getting a wheelie bin for the first time will get a personal visit from one of our doorsteppers. They will answer any questions that residents might have about how the scheme will work.

Cllr Val Rush,

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Cabinet member for environment and sustainability

Barking and Dagenham Council

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