Pink Bag-gate

pink bagsA lot of residents have recently written to me about the council’s bizarre decision to ration recycling bags by making residents show ID and turn up at Ideas Stores on specified days to get their annual roll. If only such a rigorous process was applied to those who wish to vote in borough elections…

This new policy has been the subject of extremely lively discussion within council and the Conservative group has been trying to get the council to see sense by reversing the change. We have appallingly low recycling rates, and the process of handling non-recycled waste is enormously costly. We should be doing everything we can to encourage recycling, not discouraging it with silly new restrictions.

I recently got the following reply from the council when I wrote to them asking for the latest information on pink bag-gate on behalf of residents. For those interested, it’s pasted below.

Dear Councillor Dockerill

Enquiry regarding: ME – Recycling

I write in response to your recent enquiry raised on the 6th February 2017 regarding the provision of recycling sacks. I am sorry to hear of the issues the resident has experienced accessing the service and am grateful you have brought it to my attention. The Council is currently reviewing the provision of recycling sacks to residents due to concerns that the previous system of distribution was being misused. Large quantities of sacks were being used for purposes other than recycling. Please note that recycling sacks are not strictly necessary to recycle. If residents live in a flat and have access to a large purple recycling bin, you can place recycling directly into the bin. If they live in a kerb side property and have a purple wheelie bin you can also place recycling items directly without the need to place them in a recycling sack first. If they do not have access to a bin, you can use clear bags as an alternative to the pink bags provided by the Council. Recycling sacks and starch liners are now only available every Wednesday and Saturday from any Idea Store, Cubitt Town Library and Bethnal Green Library. Residents are able to collect a roll of recycling bags by showing proof of their address such as a utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement or driving licence.

Thank you for your enquiry.

Yours sincerely

Liz Nelson-Beer Interim Head of Clean, Green and Highway

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