Repeated problems with recycling

Sir – Recycling in Witney has become a total nightmare.

The bins are always left in a mess on the road to get run over, but really that’s the least of our worries.

We get a no fly-aways sticker most weeks. One time it was stuck to a piece of plastic bubble wrap about three metres square. It was not a windy day and I tried getting it out and encouraging it to blow down the street. It would not move an inch.

Another time, in an effort to get our recycling taken, I started bagging it all up into type as requested. Imagine my dismay to find some bag contents emptied back into the boxes and given a no fly-aways label.

These are just two examples. Every week, we make the effort and wonder why we bother. It’s clearly become a game for the crew.

As a family of four and three cats, we struggle with the size of the landfill bin and do not have space for randomly-refused recycling. It was wrong of the council to change the bin to a smaller one and reduce the collection to two-weekly. It needed to be one or the other.

There wasn’t an extra collection over Christmas, which left the streets with overflowing bins and us pulling our hair out, not knowing what to do with it all.

The food waste bin became unusable last summer when we got infested with ants and just gave up on it as a disgusting mess.

It has got to the stage where it is actually impacting on our daily lives: it’s a stress and a hassle.

The whole system is unjust. Many of our neighbours have no struggle at all, as they are just couples with no children, yet they get the same size bin. I have observed other families with the garden waste bin in use for landfill.

I dream of the days when you just put a bin out and it went.

We are not binmen. We pay our taxes for this service and it is in urgent need of an overhaul.

Fay Spencer, Burwell Meadow, Witney

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2:57pm Wed 6 Feb 13

richwitney says...

Have you even asked the Council for a bigger landfill bin? I guess not.

Extra collection over Christmas? The guys got Christmas Day and Boxing Day off, I bet you had more time off than that?

Pulling your hair out, stress and hassle? Why didn't you just drive over to the tip and dispose of your extra rubbish if it's causing you that much worry.

Some people really are hopeless!
Have you even asked the Council for a bigger landfill bin? I guess not. Extra collection over Christmas? The guys got Christmas Day and Boxing Day off, I bet you had more time off than that? Pulling your hair out, stress and hassle? Why didn't you just drive over to the tip and dispose of your extra rubbish if it's causing you that much worry. Some people really are hopeless! richwitney

9:40am Thu 7 Feb 13

Fay Spencer says...

You would guess wrong, we have asked many times for a bigger bin and been refused.

In the last ten years of living in Witney there has been an extra collection over the Christmas period, not of course on the vital days of celebration.
I don't fill my car with rubbish, pay for fuel and use up my leisure time to take rubbish to the tip as we pay taxes for a kerbside waste collection service.
Thank you for your assessment, as I am not paid to do the job of waste management, don't be surprised I don't do it, If on the other hand you are paid in waste management can you please get on with it.
You would guess wrong, we have asked many times for a bigger bin and been refused. In the last ten years of living in Witney there has been an extra collection over the Christmas period, not of course on the vital days of celebration. I don't fill my car with rubbish, pay for fuel and use up my leisure time to take rubbish to the tip as we pay taxes for a kerbside waste collection service. Thank you for your assessment, as I am not paid to do the job of waste management, don't be surprised I don't do it, If on the other hand you are paid in waste management can you please get on with it. Fay Spencer

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