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Protesting residents fail to deter council

Scunthorpe residents opposed to the introduction of an alternate week residual waste collection made national news last week.

North Lincolnshire Council, who reduced the frequency of bin collections from once a week to once a fortnight to help increase recycling rates, was faced with about 20-30 protesting residents. The group staged their demonstration to coincide with the bin round on their street.

They claimed the new collection system did not work and led to excess rubbish piling up.
A protestor speaking on Radio 4s Today programme last Thursday, said the new scheme was unhygienic.

North Lincolnshire council hit back and called the actions deplorable. A council spokeswoman said: Let there be no doubt about this: we will not sit back and allow a few residents get away with refusing to take part in the scheme and dumping their rubbish. We are now exploring what action to take and we will be talking with the police about the way forward.

The council said the new scheme, which has been in operation for about six months, has caused recycling rates to rise from 24% to 35%. It added that the vast majority of its residents were cooperating and actively taking part in the scheme.

Taking heed of the Governments recent reminder to councils to use their powers to issue fixed penalty notices, it warned residents that rubbish dumped on the streets would be treated as fly-tipping. We have the powers to investigate and take action and we will, the council warned.


 

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