Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Ask Jennie household collection website closed by founder

A national website charting the development of household collections in the UK has been closed down by the woman who set it up.

Exclusive MRW strap

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.

Jennie Rogers

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.”

Read Rogers’ exclusive column on the closure of Ask Jennie here

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.