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Haringey has just awarded a new waste management contract to Veolia. The announcement is of course full of good news, "cleaner . . greener . . .improvement . . . .saving" etc.
What might be not quite such good news is that homes with gardens will have their waste removed only fortnightly, and will have to accommodate a second large wheely bin to hold recycling. This might or might not work - depends I guess on how full your bin is and quite how noxious its contents. I certainly did not have the foresight to build a bunker for a second wheely bin.
Its also worrying that this news announcement comes in March, with the new contract set to start in April. I suspect the contract negotiations have been rushed as the original signature was due "by Autumn 2010". These fears are set out in another thread.
For me I'd like to ask 3 questions
1 On whose authority has Haringey Council decided to disciminate against households with a garden? The fact of having a garden does not by any means imply that the householder has space to store an extra bin at the front of their house - what about terraced houses with little or no front garden for example? Did they ask the peope that elected them whether this was fair and reasonable? No. Couldn't they be prosecuted under Human Rights legislation for discrimation - a new form I haven't yet heard of, perhaps'gardenism'?
2 Will householders with gardens who only get fortnightly collections be given a Council Tax discount to reflect the lesser service they are receiving?
3 More seriously, how will the rule work in practice? For example, Fairfield Road has a few houses with gardens, some flats with gardens, and many flats without gardens. How will the bin men know which bins come from which type of dwelling? Impossible where houses are split into flats. Or does this just apply to streets where al the houses are single dwellings and all have gardens?
What a nonsense.
It does seem like a rather unworkable plan. Down Ridge Road there are some front gardens or terraces with an area for bins but some that are so raised they couldn't house a large bin and these are left in the street.
Surely to leave bins uncollected for two weeks will just lead to an increase of rats and foxes in people's gardens.
During the sweltering summer of 2006, during that strike that lasted forever, I was forced to drive my rubbish to the tip. I was heavily pregnant and couldn't bear the thought of the bluebottle storm that whipped up round the rubbish, resulting in stinky bins full of maggots. Won't that just happen again when it warms up?