We could not believe that the guidance on weekly collections from communities secretary Eric Pickles, published and sent out to journalists on Boxing Day - which the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) dubbed the ‘Bin Bible’ - was a thought-through initiative.
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And we weren’t alone.
In the time between the withdrawal of the document (“within minutes”, according to the DCLG] and its re-publication on 4 January, CIWM chief executive Steve Lee told MRW that he believed the copy he had seen looked more like an “incomplete draft” rather than the sort of material a street-wise politician like Pickles would want to put out on an official website.
But then the guidance was published, substantially unchanged, and we had to come to terms with it.
The Government believed there was a need to dispel at least
10 ‘myths’ regarding rubbish collection, such as ‘people don’t want their bins emptied every week’. But if there are such common misconceptions about the waste system in England, who better to turn to than waste professionals?
So MRW asked them what they thought the Government and the general public just do not get about the waste industry. From collections to exports, they used common sense as well as data to address key issues.