RUBBISH: Check the rules are followed

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It was a relief recently to take garden waste to a local civic amenity site and not be charged for the soil as there was a sign there saying that there would be a charge for soil.

The legislation that empowered local authorities to check that each wheelie bin has the right kind of rubbish in has been around for some years.

Local authorities are under pressure to improve rates of recycling.

Given the noticeable difference between the time it takes the bin men to clear the non-recyclable rubbish against the recyclable rubbish, I wonder if the local authority ever checks to see if the non-recyclable wheelie bins contain just non-recyclable rubbish, ie, if people in a particular sample group are following the instructions given.

This could be a basis for considering whether the established two-weekly collection approach, with a limited collection option for garden waste, is an effective one.

After the last county council election there was much talk of significant change in the committee structure to enable more effective local decision-making.

Amidst the flood of house-building proposals the county council has been dealing with for various parts of the county, we tend to see and hear more discussion about the impact on the gas, electric, water and sewage disposal infrastructure, rather than talk about the impact on local schools, which tend to be well subscribed.

I hope some proposals are coming out in line with the increasing demand for school places in the county.

Robert Pollard

Northbourne Avenue

Morpeth