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New wheelie bin plan is rubbish

Monday, 17th March 2003.

A TOWN councillor has hit out at plans to issue Haverhill residents with a third wheelie bin this summer, saying the scheme is impractical.

Mabon Dane, leader of the Haverhill Representative Alliance group on the town council, says he has already received complaints from people who do not want the new blue bins.

He claims the scheme to recycle dry goods, such as plastics, is ill thought-out and being foisted on to the people of Haverhill without sufficient consultation.

He feels a return to recycling banks, or the issue of doorstep collection boxes as used in other areas, would be a better solution.

“The majority of housing in Haverhill was built in the 1960s and 70s and is high density, often with very little space or garden,” he said.

“The newer housing is also being built at high density with fewer footpaths and parking areas.

“People already have difficulty finding space for two bins, which causes parking problems and disputes between neighbours.

Where are people going to store another bin?

And if it is stolen, they have to pay for a new one.” He added: “I already get complaints about the existing bins, so I am expecting a massive explosion of complaints when people get a third one.

I have already heard from one elderly lady, whose husband is disabled, and she wants her brown bin taken away because she cannot cope with it.” A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said the bins would be provided this summer following a successful joint funding bid to the Government with Forest Heath District Council.

A full launch to explain the scheme would be held before then.

“Extensive trials were carried out on various methods of collection last year and when the results were analysed this was the most favoured option,” he said.

“We know there is overwhelming support for efficient recycling in the borough and this scheme will enable everybody to take part.”

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