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Bins littering our streets – a waste of money?

16 March, 2017 — By John Gulliver

No room for the bins in gardens

BATTALIONS of wheelie bins began to line up on parade this week in Primrose Hill.

There is no room for them in the small front gardens. So, they end up cluttering up the street.

Councillors may have been warned by officials this could be an “unintended consequence” when they introduced a new rubbish collection scheme due to start on April 1.

The council is at the bottom of the league for recycling waste – the new system has been devised to put that right.

You are supposed to put “household waste” in the bins not “food waste” or “recyclables”– and one bin should be enough for one household.

But a written request by one household for one bin only was ignored by the Town Hall.

How long will the bins languish in the street?

They probably cost the council or Veolia – the French company hired for rubbish collection – up to £50 a bin.

If hundreds more have been ordered than are needed the financial loss to the taxpayer could run into thousands of pounds.

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