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From October next year, Merton Council is going to make a number of changes to our rubbish and recycling collections.
Each household will be given two wheelie bins, a recycling box, and a food waste caddy. One wheelie will be for rubbish, and the other for paper and cardboard. The recycling box will be for all other recycling. The food waste caddy would be collected weekly, everything else fortnightly on alternate weeks.
Many people have raised concerns with us about these changes, and since last year we’ve been trying to get the plans changed. On 17 November, we met with one of the Council officials in charge of the project to get an update on the plans – and to feed back the concerns people have raised with us.
The latest on the plans
- The plans are being put in place to save money – through better recovery of paper and cardboard to sell, and because fewer employees will be needed to operate the refuse and recycling vehicles.
- The Council has signed a contract with the waste company Veolia to run the new system: they are buying new vehicles and have ordered the wheelie bins. Therefore, scrapping the contract at this stage could cost millions of pounds.
- There is some recognition that two wheelie bins will not suitable for every household. We’re told that people will be able to ask not to be given wheelies, or for larger or smaller bins. However, the criteria for this are not yet decided.
- We want a waste collection system that works for people, is good value for money and that increases recycling.
- We think Labour Party Council bosses should be open about how much money they expect to save, and the costs of changing the contract with Veolia.
- We’re pushing for special arrangements for weekly collection of nappies and other sanitary waste.
- We want real flexibility over wheelie bins to ensure people can opt out if they want.
Please let us know what you think by filling in our online survey: www.mertonwheelies.org.uk