…councils are masters at this:
Food waste collections must be trialled in poor as well as affluent areas, union officials have demanded.
Yup, everyone needs to share in what Matt Wardman at Anna Raccoon called ‘Binism’…
It comes after rumours Brighton and Hove City Council’s Green administration has chosen Westbourne and Central Hove as the first areas to test out one of its flagship policies.The party has committed itself to exploring the potential for a weekly food waste collection across the city but has admitted the move would lead to a fortnightly collection for general refuse.
And so trialling it in the affluent areas no doubt seemed like a jolly wheeze to sweep it through unchallenged.
Mark Turner, from the GMB, said: “We have suggested to the council that two areas are chosen but this is not the right mix we are looking for.
“It’s fine to have one affluent area but you also have to know how this is going to work in the estates and crucially how it will work with communal bins.”
Barking and Dagenham council tried the same trick when introducing wheelie bins; selecting an area with mostly semi-detached houses with drives (and so room for bins) and an area of – ostensibly – terraced housing, yet containing a long road criss-crossed with other side roads, so ensuring lots of houses with side gates (and again, lots of room for bins).
Then when they got the answer they required, they rolled it out area-wide.