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Anger over Solihull Council's plans to bring in wheelie bins

PLANNED changes by Solihull Council to the way household refuse is collected have been condemned as “mind-blowingly stupid” by a borough resident.

PLANNED changes by Solihull Council to the way household refuse is collected have been condemned as “mind-blowingly stupid” by a borough resident.

From this September, black rubbish bags will be replaced by wheelie bins, which Richard Yarnall, from Castle Bromwich, says will not be big enough for the job.

He claims the bins will only take one bag of waste, whereas most households need to use at least two.

“There are only two people in my household - my wife and I - and we have three cats whose litters need changing frequently, so we can fill two bags without any trouble,” he said.

“The average family of four need three or four bags. If they can’t get all the refuse in the bin what will they do? We will be awash with rotting refuse.”

Mr Yarnall, a 42-year-old engineer who lives in Kingsleigh Drive, added: “The plan to use wheelie bins is not acceptable, in fact it’s mind-blowingly stupid.”

A spokeswoman for Solihull Council said the wheelie bin collection would be rolled out across the borough on September 21 and around 78,000 households would receive black wheelies.

She said the bins would have a capacity of 140 litres, large enough to take the equivalent of two bags of household rubbish.

However, people who needed a bigger bin could request one.

She denied a report that the bins would be micro-chipped and would not be handled by collectors if they were overweight or the lid did not close.

“We have no plans at present to use micro-chips”, she stated. “There will be a period of grace after the start of the new system to allow residents to get used to it, and overfilled bins will be emptied and bags of refuse left next to them removed.

“With kerbside collections of cans, cardboard and plastic also starting in September, the amount of ordinary household rubbish to be collected will be reduced by about 50 per cent, so there will be no reason to overfill the wheelie bins.”

 

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