Search

OPINION: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 August 2017

Archant

Rota for collection of bins really is rubbish

I’ve reached the age where my hobbies now include complaining about bin collections.

I never thought it would happen. I used to be carefree but these days nothing winds me up like seeing rubbish pile up.

To be fair to me, when I was younger the bins would be collected every week and they took whatever you put out. These days you’re lucky if you get a visit once a fortnight and if they don’t like the look of the way you separated your recycling you’re cut off from society.

The number of complaints about bin collections which were upheld by the local government watchdog rose sharply this year and I’m not surprised.

Where I live we get alternate collections, one week it’s recycling and the next it’s rubbish.

Firstly I feel sorry for the foxes on recycling week. In the morning you can see they have opened some bags and must have thought, “What’s this? Cardboard and yoghurt pots? And you even washed them out to make sure there’s no food for me, you git!”

It also means you have rubbish building up for two weeks. I know we’re meant to throw away less and recycle more but any rubbish you produce the day after bin day has to sit there smelling for two weeks.

And should a bank holiday happen you can be waiting for a month surrounded by your own waste. I had enough of that when I was a student.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman upheld 81 per cent of its investigations into complaints about services involving rubbish. That’s a good rate.

The cynic in me thought there was no point complaining about your bins and those letters would be the only thing the council would put right in the bin without waiting for weeks.

• Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM.

Latest Romford Stories

47 minutes ago

Romford remain in second place in the London Super League following a hard fought 4-3 win at home to Woolwich Ferry.

Havering residents will be paying £60.33 more in Council Tax next year after councillors agreed a rise of 3.78pc at a council meeting last night (Wednesday, February 21).

11:00

Romford manager Paul Martin believes they must forget about their 9-1 defeat to Heybridge Swifts and react.

10:00

Marshalls Park Academy enjoyed the half term break in Austria skiing.

09:30

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie believes they must keep players up to date on the club’s situation.

The New Wilderness club saw their excellent five-match winning run brought to a shuddering halt

A veterinary practice is warning rabbit owners to protect their beloved pets after 14 were killed by a deadly disease.

Yesterday, 18:00

The Scouser was back on Merseyside last weekend, but this time around he will be hoping to leave with all three points

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Awards Directory

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now