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Wheelie bin pilot gets green light

PUBLISHED: 15:27 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 11 August 2010

COUNCILLORS have approved plans to pilot a scheme introducing wheelie bins to the borough. The project will last for six months and will affect five areas - Chadwell Heath, the Leftley Estate in Barking, Rush Green and the Rylands Estate in Dagenham, and

COUNCILLORS have approved plans to pilot a scheme introducing wheelie bins to the borough.

The project will last for six months and will affect five areas - Chadwell Heath, the Leftley Estate in Barking, Rush Green and the Rylands Estate in Dagenham, and Waterbeach Road in the Mayesbrook ward.

Long term aims include reducing the amount of waste that the borough sends to landfill sites and encouraging people to reduce the amount of household waste they produce by recycling instead.

Members of the Executive rubber stamped the report at a meeting of the Executive on Tuesday night (March 4).

David Woods, Director of Customer Services, said: "We want the cleanest streets in London and have implemented many measures to achieve this. Since 2007 the streets have never been cleaner.

"We haven't made much of a dent in the amount of waste people throw away so we need to look at how people store their waste. They do want to recycle but they want more support."

Council leader Charles Fairbrass voiced concerns that some people may struggle with the large bins, saying: "It's difficult for some people to get the bins from their houses to the streets."

Mr Woods replied: "We are in the process of upgrading our vehicles so that they will all be able to lift the bins and there will be an assisted collection scheme for the elderly and disabled."

Cllr Liam Smith concluded the discussion, saying: "I'm sure the pilot will work.

"I hope you can cope with the demand when the whole borough wants them."

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