Thursday, 15 March 2012

What happens when your recycling bags are full?

A few residents in Launceston have complained that their new recycling bags are nowhere near large enough for all that they want to put out. I'm asking questions of the council to find a solution.

As I've blogged before, there is a new waste contractor for the whole of Cornwall. They have changed various things including bringing in a new system of bags and plastic boxes for recycling in place of the old disposable plastic sacks.

But many households, particularly larger families, produce far more recyclable material than these bags hold. In the past the plastic sacks held about double the amount and, if you filled one, you could simply start another. The temptation with the new system is that, once you fill up your bag you will throw any additional recyclable materials into black bags.

So what is the option with the new regime? Can you have two (or three, or four) of the re-usable bags per house? I've asked the council and will post again when I get an answer.

UPDATE - The initial answer from the council is that householders should be able to request extra bags, but only after the new contractor starts work on April 1st. I'll post more details when I get them.

1 comment:

lansonlad said...

Did this seriously mean nobody thought of the eventuality that people may actually make an effort and recycle lots of waste? what are we paying these people for?