Wirral Council criticised for new bin plans costing £1.5m
Despite suffering debilitating financial cutbacks in recent months, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council has announced plans to distribute new wheelie bins throughout the district, at a cost of £1.5million, much to the horror of councillors and residents alike.
The Merseyside local authority is looking to increase the area’s recycling rate as a matter of urgency, with the council’s recycling manager, Councillor Bernie Mooney, claiming that the “‘do nothing’ option” is out of the question.
Wirral Council has set forth two proposals; either to reduce the size of the general household waste bin or introduce a three weekly collection, both of which are expected to encourage increased use of residential recycling bins.
The former option would cost the council up to £1.5million, which many residents and councillors think is an utter waste of council money considering the budget cuts suffered recently.
A petition to block the move has already been set up by the Liberal Democrat Councillor of Oxton, Stuart Kelly, and has been signed by over 2,500 people.
According to the LiverpoolEcho.co.uk, up to 135,000 homes in Wirral could receive the new bins at a cost of between £11 and £13 each.
Wirral Council claims the money which would be used to purchase the new bins has been reimbursed from the Merseyside Waste & Recycling Authority and that the money is therefore earmarked to improve the council’s waste services and recycling rate.
A new household food recycling service is also on the cards across Wirral. If the plans are given the go ahead, residents will take delivery of a small food caddy and biodegradable bin liners and a small food container which is to be filled with the bags of biowaste and left outside for a weekly collection.
A final decision will be made regarding the waste proposals following a six week consultation period which encourages residents to have their say.
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