Having recently retired, I have noticed that, when it comes to our weekly recycling collection, one of the refuse collectors goes ahead of the lorry and piles up all the road’s green bags in one pile in a bid to save time and effort.
I have spoken to council employees and I understand that, in more rural areas where there are fewer residential properties, this pre-collection is sometimes done in a van.
One of the refuse collectors goes ahead of the lorry and piles up all the road’s green bags in one pile in a bid to save time and effort
The point I would make is that this will make it impossible for the Green Bag Lottery to be fairly monitored, as if there are 15 bags in your driveway from neighbouring properties, how can you tell which is from which house?
I will state that I do not care about the Green Bag Lottery, but I am an avid recycler – often having more than two bags a week.
On my seemingly weekly trips to the refuse centre in West Marsh Road, I take pride in the percentage figure displayed for recycled content, although it can always be improved.
I used to live in Northampton, and my friends there tell me that we should be proud of our weekly collections of both green bag waste and black bag waste.
I do realise this and I believe that South Holland District Council does a good job in this regard.
Unfortunately, apart from employing rude and unhelpful staff, this is the only thing it seems able to do well.