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WRAP responds to Mail on Sunday's 'bonsai bin' claims - COMMENT UPDATE

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has hit back at the Mail on Sundays claims that it is forcing local authorities to make families squeeze their rubbish into 140-litre bonsai bins. It has issued a response to the newspapers article and the BBCs coverage on WRAPs proposed advice to local authorities to adopt 140L bins instead of 240L. In its Alternate Weekly Collections Guidance report published this July, WRAP draws up guidelines for local authorities on rubbish collections. It states: The introduction of 240-litre bins on weekly collection services has led to increased quantities of waste being collected, which has led some councils introducing wheeled bins for the first time to opt for 140 or 180-litre containers. The guidance rates Somerset as an example of a council which has introduced 180L bins and has had success with reducing the amount of household waste it sends to landfill. It concludes: There is no one ideal combination of containers suited to certain areas and tasks. The priority is to manage capacity: limited capacity for the activity you want to discourage, enhancing capacity for the activities you want to encourage. A WRAP spokeswoman said: Local authorities can look at 140L bins as an option; it is up to them if they want to take our advice. No two areas are the same and we are not forcing them to take one option over another. Ultimately, our aim is to work together with local authorities to help them reduce waste going to landfill and to see everybody happy. It is really up to local authorities to work with their residents to see what is suitable for them. The report also suggests that households with six people or more should qualify for a larger bin, with a 180L bin being provided as standard. It states: Large bins work for families that need the extra capacity, but they may become victims of bin envy. A clear policy from the council will help residents to understand why some houses are allocated different bin sizes. COMMENT: It is a pity that this misinformation is allowed to be published. The community is already weary of the changes in initiatives and the threat to their escalating council tax. It is bad enough that kerbside segregation is being forced on us by councils' unwillingness or inability to work with government on the introduction of newer technology which could address Municipal Solid Waste without the need for kerbside recycling at all. Meanwhile, I am adding to the UK's carbon footprint by transporting my household waste to our local recycling centre, along with all the other recyclates that councils don't/won't collect. Posted by Nigel Carter, Company, En Venture. 10/08/07

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