Welwyn Hatfield Council’s rubbish plans ‘far from foolproof’

A GROUP which upholds the Garden City ethos has “major reservations” about plans to make rubbish collections in the borough fortnightly - a topic being discussed at a special council meeting tonight (Wednesday).

The WGC Society said it was concerned about the implementation and consequent impact on some streets, as households would be forced to store waste in three wheelie bins.

However, it did welcome news that all plastics would be collected.

As reported in last week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, the �3.4m scheme being planned by Welwyn Hatfield Council would revolutionise the borough’s recycling scheme, and put an end to piles of black bin bags being collected each week.

Instead, all homes would be given three wheelie bins – one for waste, one for dry recyclables such as glass, tin, paper and plastic and their existing brown bin for green, cardboard and food waste.

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But Shaun O’Reilly, for the WGC Society, a non-political group which monitors developments and changes in the Garden City, believes the programme needs to be “substantially clarified if it is to get residents’ endorsement”.

The plans will mean waste is collected one week and recycling the next – a move which could see the council save more than �300,000 a year.

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But the society spokesman Mr O’Reilly said they would like to see additions to the proposal that would include clarification on how, and what, things could be recycled, as well as the development of better managed recycling points and the integration of county and borough policies.

Tonight’s council meeting takes place at the Campus West, on The Campus, WGC, at 7.30pm.

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