Is Thurrock set for a return to one bin per household?

Is Thurrock set for a return to one bin per household?

Is Thurrock set for a return to one bin per household?

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

A NEW deal could see Thurrock households return to having one bin, rather than three.

Thurrock Council could also save hundreds of thousands of pounds a year by negotiating a new arrangement on the disposal of household waste.

The council is considering an agreement with a new firm setting up at the Port of Tilbury to dispose of grey bin waste.

That contract is currently managed by FCC Environment and runs until March 2017 at a cost of about £4million a year, but could be ended early for about £500,000.

FCC has hinted it might be able to reduce the price of the contract by £360,000 per year, but the council has also held initial discussions with a new firm setting up at Tilbury, which has quoted a significantly lower price.

The company’s new plant is likely to open in January, but any new arrangement with the council would have to start in September 2015. It is not yet clear how much the council would save, but it would be at least £360,000a year.

John Kent, leader of the council, said: “This is a matter of taking advantage of what is a more competitive market.

“There is a new facility opening in Tilbury, which means we can cut the current transportation costs of residual waste from here toMedway.

“It also has a new process where it will sort the waste and take out anything that is recyclable.

It can get something for that waste and is therefore able to charge us less.

“This means Thurrock would be generating virtually no landfill waste.

“On the face of it, this seems to be what we’ve been looking for for some time.”

He added: “Does that mean we could return to having just the one bin collection?

“I don’t know. I just put it forward as something I would like to see.”

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11:01am Fri 5 Sep 14

Make Thurrock Better says...

We definitely need to return to a 1 bin collection. Each house is over flowing with receptacles for rubbish both inside and out. Every week the service struggles to collect all that they need to on the day. I've had bin men turn up at just before 7pm on a few occasions and today my brown waste is sitting there waiting to be collected a day late AGAIN. The system is NOT working. The reasons behind it are also dubious. 3 bin collections, 3 trucks where there was one. That's saving the environment?? Also so much of recycled stuff ends up in landfill. There's too much of it. We are all been duped into this because local authorities are trying to fulfil European targets. It's a box ticking exercise.
If we want to reduce waste we need to start with packaging. My mother used to buy meat wrapped in greaseproof paper in a paper bag. Not a plastic tray with cling film. Fruit and veg came loose etc. Cut out the packaging in the first place. That's the answer.
We definitely need to return to a 1 bin collection. Each house is over flowing with receptacles for rubbish both inside and out. Every week the service struggles to collect all that they need to on the day. I've had bin men turn up at just before 7pm on a few occasions and today my brown waste is sitting there waiting to be collected a day late AGAIN. The system is NOT working. The reasons behind it are also dubious. 3 bin collections, 3 trucks where there was one. That's saving the environment?? Also so much of recycled stuff ends up in landfill. There's too much of it. We are all been duped into this because local authorities are trying to fulfil European targets. It's a box ticking exercise. If we want to reduce waste we need to start with packaging. My mother used to buy meat wrapped in greaseproof paper in a paper bag. Not a plastic tray with cling film. Fruit and veg came loose etc. Cut out the packaging in the first place. That's the answer. Make Thurrock Better
  • Score: 12

1:18pm Fri 5 Sep 14

wobblybob says...

Grey bin? I have green, brown & blue but no grey!
Grey bin? I have green, brown & blue but no grey! wobblybob
  • Score: 2

1:50pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Johnbikes78 says...

I agree partly with only having 1 collection, but not to 1 bin per household. Many people are struggling to cram all their rubbish into 1 bin and if any gets stuck inside, the binmen won't try to dislodge the remains in order to fly empty them. I can't blame them, there are many bins that are smelly.
So yes to only 1 collection per week, that way the other collection type trucks, ie brown or blue bin collecting lorries and drivers can be distributed evenly to help the the green bin collection personnel.
I agree partly with only having 1 collection, but not to 1 bin per household. Many people are struggling to cram all their rubbish into 1 bin and if any gets stuck inside, the binmen won't try to dislodge the remains in order to fly empty them. I can't blame them, there are many bins that are smelly. So yes to only 1 collection per week, that way the other collection type trucks, ie brown or blue bin collecting lorries and drivers can be distributed evenly to help the the green bin collection personnel. Johnbikes78
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Bendog says...

Personally, I think that 2 bins should be the aim - one for general waste that is not for recycling and one for paper, tins and plastic. The garden waste one is not used for most of the year so, perhaps, offering a FREE compost bin to every home that wants one in EXCHANGE for their brown bin could be the way to go. If people were to be encouraged to use biodegradable bags for their general rubbish too, the smell that attracts rats and foxes to those bins would be reduced and so would the smell for those having to collect them!
Personally, I think that 2 bins should be the aim - one for general waste that is not for recycling and one for paper, tins and plastic. The garden waste one is not used for most of the year so, perhaps, offering a FREE compost bin to every home that wants one in EXCHANGE for their brown bin could be the way to go. If people were to be encouraged to use biodegradable bags for their general rubbish too, the smell that attracts rats and foxes to those bins would be reduced and so would the smell for those having to collect them! Bendog
  • Score: 1

4:33pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Make Thurrock Better says...

The packaging is the problem though. Remember we only used to have one metal lidded bin for each household until wheely bins arrived. It just goes to show that lifestyle is the biggest issue and that lifestyle is created by the supermarkets and packaging. Another few examples. When we were young everyone had butter and a butter dish. Butter was wrapped in paper. Now all the spreads and marj etc are in plastic tubs. Cleaning products. a different plastic container for every purpose from surface to floor to bath to kitchen. Bleach sprays, descaling sprays. Toiletries consisted of a bar or soap and bath brush. Now it's shower gel, bath foam, shampoo, conditioner etc etc ALL in plastic containers. Milk in glass bottles. Now every household is buying huge plastic containers which will never rot. I could go on and on. The problem needs to be tackled at source. The creation of waste in the first place.
The packaging is the problem though. Remember we only used to have one metal lidded bin for each household until wheely bins arrived. It just goes to show that lifestyle is the biggest issue and that lifestyle is created by the supermarkets and packaging. Another few examples. When we were young everyone had butter and a butter dish. Butter was wrapped in paper. Now all the spreads and marj etc are in plastic tubs. Cleaning products. a different plastic container for every purpose from surface to floor to bath to kitchen. Bleach sprays, descaling sprays. Toiletries consisted of a bar or soap and bath brush. Now it's shower gel, bath foam, shampoo, conditioner etc etc ALL in plastic containers. Milk in glass bottles. Now every household is buying huge plastic containers which will never rot. I could go on and on. The problem needs to be tackled at source. The creation of waste in the first place. Make Thurrock Better
  • Score: 5

8:24pm Sat 6 Sep 14

poortaxpayer says...

What the good folks of Thurrock don't realise is a wast incinerator is going to be built at Tilbury under the guise of a 'green electricity generator'. They will be burning your household waste (the stuff they can't recycle) a few hundred feet from Grays Beach Park. This is the only way Thurrock will produce hardly any household waste. Did Labour mention this in any of their election leaflets? Thought not.
What the good folks of Thurrock don't realise is a wast incinerator is going to be built at Tilbury under the guise of a 'green electricity generator'. They will be burning your household waste (the stuff they can't recycle) a few hundred feet from Grays Beach Park. This is the only way Thurrock will produce hardly any household waste. Did Labour mention this in any of their election leaflets? Thought not. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

8:31pm Sat 6 Sep 14

poortaxpayer says...

http://www.tilburygr
eenpower.co.uk/our-a
ims-c6.html

3. A solid recovered fuel - a fuel produced by removing metal, glass and plastics from commercial and household waste for recycling and then shredding and sorting the remaining materials (mostly organic matter) to create a fuel.

So good folks of Thurrock you are going to have a commercial wast incinerator slap bang in the middle of the borough. Your councillors already voted and agreed the planning application without a murmour of protest.

Enjoy your single bin - but at what price?
http://www.tilburygr eenpower.co.uk/our-a ims-c6.html 3. A solid recovered fuel - a fuel produced by removing metal, glass and plastics from commercial and household waste for recycling and then shredding and sorting the remaining materials (mostly organic matter) to create a fuel. So good folks of Thurrock you are going to have a commercial wast incinerator slap bang in the middle of the borough. Your councillors already voted and agreed the planning application without a murmour of protest. Enjoy your single bin - but at what price? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Sun 7 Sep 14

wobblybob says...

After years of London dumping their waste in Thurrock perhaps we can return the favour, let Boris Island be built then we can dump all our waste on what used to be Heathrow Airport!
After years of London dumping their waste in Thurrock perhaps we can return the favour, let Boris Island be built then we can dump all our waste on what used to be Heathrow Airport! wobblybob
  • Score: 0
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