THOUSANDS of outraged residents have signed an online petition against Salford City Council’s plan to pilot bin collections every three weeks.
Under the new proposals, the council plan to start the trial collections in nine wards, including Worsley, Boothstown, Ellenbrook, Irlam, Cadishead, Little Hulton, Pendlebury, Swinton and Walkden.
It is hoped that if the pilot scheme is successful, it will be rolled out permanently and could save the cash strapped council at least £1 million a year.
However not all residents are happy with the decision to approve the pilot scheme.
Blaine Oliver, who lives in Salford, set up an online petition that has now achieved over 5,000 signatures.
Speaking to Quays News, he said:
“I think the response to the petition has been amazing I would really love to make 10 thousand signatures.
I don’t think the council will listen but this is a great opportunity for us to have our voices heard.
Myself and a lot of other people feel like we are paying more and services are being reduced, I completely understand we need to save money as a city but maybe they should start with their pay and not our services”.
As well as signing the online petition, other concerned residents have shared their opinions underneath the petition, which is on change.org.
One of those residents, Kelly Keighley from Salford wrote on the petition page:
“As a council tax payer this absolutely infuriated me. Since when did we live in an age where something as simple as having our bins emptied became such a fight. I recycle as much as I can but the recycle bins are also left un emptied on a regular basis meaning there is nowhere to put the rubbish get your act together salford city council this is the worst idea I have heard in a very long time”
In a statement given by Salford City Council on 25th November, Councillor Gena Merrett, executive lead member for housing and environment, said recycling rates in Salford have plateaued at 42%.
“If we don’t increase recycling further and stop sending so much waste to landfill, we could be looking at spending up to £3.5 million more on waste in the next few years. That’s an awful lot of money to spend on throwing rubbish into a hole in the ground,” she said.
“I do understand people’s concerns about this but weekly food collections will not be changed. And if everyone in the city recycled just 22 extra plastic bottles, 17 extra glass jars and 30 more cans a year, it would push recycling rates in the city up by five percent and be so much better for the environment.”
The pilot is due to run from July 2016 to Febuary 2017 and only includes non-recyclable waste. Food and green waste will still be collected once a week, and items that are recyclable every fortnight.
By: Vicky Barker