Green waste efforts in Berwick Upon Tweed have been thwarted by a European bin shortage, council officials have told MRW.
A council spokeswoman said: Orders from Eastern Europe for bins had swamped the market, which could be the result of Germany revamping their recycling system. The council ordered a relatively small number of bins, 540, from Plastic Omnium but were still waiting for them.
She added that other suppliers had also been approached but had been unable to fulfil the order.
Berwick head of public protection Jan Anderson told residents: There has been an unfortunate delay to the start of the garden waste scheme extension to coastal villages by circumstances beyond our control.
Despite ordering the bins in good time we have been let down by the manufacturer and it has become apparent that there is a European shortage of plastic bins. We have tried to find other manufacturers but they are in the same position and their delivery dates vary from September to March 2009.
Weve considered collecting the waste in compostable bags but due to health and safety risks to employees lifting heavy bags this has had to be ruled out.
Plastic Omnium UK sales manager Peter McCann added: There has been a big rise in the value of waste paper in Germany which has resulted in recycling companies there starting new paper collections. This has had the effect of extending bin delivery dates. But all companies in Germany are quoting long delivery dates.
But he added: Peak demand like this has happened in the past. The Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs goals sparked an upsurge in demand for bins two or three years ago. Although demand has been relatively low in comparison, lots of local authorities are putting out new materials collections. As for delivery dates of March next year we havent quoted that. But we will have quoted September 2008.