Out in Holt Park today this was the sight that greeted us in Holtdale Avenue.
There is no doubt, looking around the area, that residents care about where they live. It was a tidy place, communal areas clear, it wasn’t a place with litter.
Here people are trying to use the recycling centre for recycling and to dispose of waste carefully. There are items though which council staff with strict rules probably won’t take when they do come along to collect the recyclables. We can only speculate on what the area will be like when those items are left behind.
For this area there just two bins for specific recyclable material. Combine that with charges for replacing wheelie bins, tight rules on what you can put in a wheelie bin and how full it can be as well as the charges for bulky waste collection and we ought to be asking whether we are actually helping residents or penalising those on lower incomes with less options to dispose of waste the way the council says they should?
Is this the best way to engage residents in tackling the climate emergency or by making things harder for them will we actually put them off?