A national website charting the development of household collections in the UK has been closed down by the woman who set it up.
Ask Jennie (askjennie.com) was the brainchild of Jennie Rogers and grew out of initial research into local authority collections at the turn of the century.
The website she put online in 2004 was a resource for councils to both contribute information to Rogers’ database and share best practice. It was not available to the general public.
Joint research between Rogers and MRW in 2012 undermined the claims of communities secretary Eric Pickles that his £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme was persuading councils to dump fortnightly or alternate weekly collections.
Rogers, left, told MRW: “Although much of the information I have gathered over the last 15 years is in the public domain or available under FOI, what I did was collate it and create a website which was searchable. I have the complete UK history of recycling since the nineties. It will be lost.
She said attempts to get funding to make the website free for councils had failed and, as a result of budget cutbacks, subscriptions to Ask Jennie had plummeted.
“For the last 15 years this has been my life and I’ve loved it, and hope very much that I will still be able to keep in touch with all the friends I have made over the years.”