WLBC asks “Please help us keep refuse and recycling collections running smoothly.
“Residents can help us to keep refuse and recycling collections running smoothly during the Coronavirus Pandemic. With many of us spending more time at home this can often mean there is more waste to be collected from households.
“To help Council staff to get round to everybody here are a few things we are asking you all to do. Please continue to recycle and put the right waste items in the right bins. You can find out all you need to know about this on our What goes in my bins, bags and boxes page. You can also help us by only putting out your recycling wheelie bins for collection if the bin is more than half full so we can get through the rounds as easily as possible. We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience, but we would hope that you could help us in this way at this difficult time.
“It would be a big help to us as well if, as always, all bins can be put out for collection by 7am on the day they are due to be collected, and please park responsibly so our crews can get down your street to collect your bins. This will help reduce the number of bins that are missed.
Councillor Kev Wilkie, whose Cabinet responsibilities include Refuse and Recycling and waste management, said “Please help us to help as we work to keep collecting your waste through these difficult times. Please don’t burn waste, compost instead. With many of us currently spending more time at home we may have more food waste and garden waste to deal with, particularly those keen gardeners amongst us.
“Composting is a great way of disposing of garden waste and some food items that you would normally dispose of in your grey bin, such as raw fruit and vegetable scraps, even paper and cardboard. It also saves money on fertiliser. Please don’t burn rubbish at home. If the fire gets out of hand it could endanger yourself and others.
Find out more about home composting, including where you can get a bin, by visiting http://www.westlancs.gov.uk/homecomposting. Councillor Wilkie said “Home composting helps the garden and is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of recycling. Please don’t be tempted to start a fire to burn rubbish at home. As a firefighter I know only too well how easily fires can get out of hand and the terrible consequences this can have”.
Now cast your minds back ten years when WLBC hit the nationals with the story of Albert Stewart,
who wanted to help householders keep their streets looking clean and clear of clutter. “But the binman has been removed from the round he has worked for 33 years – for picking up too much rubbish. The 60-year-old took away extra bin bags left beside overflowing wheelie bins, which council bosses say is against strict refuse rules.
“Householders caught leaving rubbish outside wheelie bins could be fined up to £1,000. Albert was issued with a written warning by officers from West Lancashire Borough Council and moved from his route in Aughton to another one eight miles away. Mr Stewart, a married grandfather-of-six from Ormskirk, Lancashire, accused the council of ‘spying’ on its own binmen and said bosses were motivated by money.
‘I’m really annoyed and upset about this,’ he said. ‘I’ve been on the same round for 33 years – I’ve seen babies born, go to school, grow up and have babies themselves. They weren’t just people I took rubbish from – they were my friends too. I’ve had lots of people coming up to me saying they miss me”. Dylan Sharpe, campaign director of Big Brother Watch, said ‘This case is a sad indictment of Britain”. More of an indictment of WLBC?