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bodger

Brown wheely bins

Under orders from Kaz, I've just ordered a brown recycling wheely bin from the council. The lady at the other end of the phone said that it would arrive in three weeks time. I told her that I didn't realise that they were that much slower than the green ones.
Christine

Will you have to pay for it to be emptied? What used to be a free service to get us all hooked seems to be charged at an extortionate rate now.
Seabird

I live in the same area as Bodger, and my brown bin is emptied free SO FAR. The brown bin and the ordinary household rubbish bin are collected alternately so each is emptied once a fortnight, whilst the recycling bins are emptied weekly. Seems to work well so far, except for remembering whether it's brown or green bin week!  
Justme

Did you not get problems last summer with flies, maggots & the smell?

Justme
Eschra

Justme we get a weekly normal rubbish (Black bin), and fortnightly recycling(green)/ garden waste (brown bin) pick up. The latter two are alternated on Week 1 or 2.

We've only been filling the black bin up after 2-4 weeks since the start of last year with all the recycling and composting we do now.

Can't speak for Seabird et al. But even during the really hot period last year, we had no probs with rats, smell etc.

We couldn't believe other residents in some areas of West Yorkshire were complaining on the local news about it when some of the councils went to fortnightly collections for the black bins, we couldn't work out the issue as we put our bins out even less frequently than them!

Justme

Yes but your smelly rubbish went every week (you dont say if the kitchen waste is going in the household or brown bin) ours was every TWO weeks.

So house hold & green / food waste were taken on alternative weeks. Household was ok but the brown bin with the garden & kitchen waste stunk on the hot weeks. Add to that the repeated missed collections as we are very rural & it does become a bigger issue. Recycling was also every two weeks (if they came, some times it would be 6 weeks then  they would complain that the tins were rusty).

Justme
Justme

Eschra wrote:

We couldn't believe other residents in some areas of West Yorkshire were complaining on the local news about it when some of the councils went to fortnightly collections for the black bins, we couldn't work out the issue as we put our bins out even less frequently than them!


Prob that the council tax was going UP yet perceived services were being reduced.

Justme
Seabird

Justme wrote:
Did you not get problems last summer with flies, maggots & the smell?

Justme


Not really.. but most of my food waste goes in my compost bin (again, free off Dwyfor council), and it tends to be mostly garden waste and bones that I put into the brown bin. I can see, however, that the fortnightly collection could be a problem for large families, but now that they're taking cardboard and plastic bottles with the weekly recycling it's certainly cut down on the general waste.
debbie

Our recycling is collected weekly but because of our lane they will only take glass bottles and cans IF the cans have had their labels removed and have been washed and dried thoroughly.  Our household rubbish is collected fortnightly and, not having the option of brown bins, cardboard and plastic containers being taken etc, can mount up.  Living on a farm there is often an issue of flies anyway and in the summer months the bins stink and can get maggoty.  to make it worse we are not allowed to put our wheely bins out (again because of the lane!) and have to take the bags out of the bins and put them out directly onto the lane for collection at 6am on a monday morning - not pleasant in the summer and you can't put the bins liners out the night before because of the foxes.  They seem to just pay lipservice to recylcing in our and similar lanes down here because of the access issue.
Eschra

Justme wrote:
Yes but your smelly rubbish went every week (you dont say if the kitchen waste is going in the household or brown bin) ours was every TWO weeks.

So house hold & green / food waste were taken on alternative weeks. Household was ok but the brown bin with the garden & kitchen waste stunk on the hot weeks. Add to that the repeated missed collections as we are very rural & it does become a bigger issue. Recycling was also every two weeks (if they came, some times it would be 6 weeks then  they would complain that the tins were rusty).

Justme


Sorry should have been clearer - our scrapings from veg went to our own compost. Cooked waste went in the black general waste bin as did dried out cat food etc. - cooked food cann't go to the garden waste collections due to not being composted in the same way (brown bins)

You're correct the black bin went weekly, but in my post I mentioned we only put the black bin out for collection ever 3 or 4 weeks. Not every week as per the actual collection available.

Bear in mind that was before got our recycling as "with it" as now LOL!

It takes us between 2 and 4 weeks to fill it up. So it sat for 3 weeks sometimes in the hot summer at the front of the house without any smells from the food etc.  

Besides there's a few clever tricks to remove the smells while still in the inside bin that keeps smells down when they get outside.  
Seabird

Eschra...I put the uneaten catfood into one dish and put it outside for the hedgehogs - they're waiting with their knives and forks some nights!

(why are cats so bdooly fussy and wasteful?)
Eschra

Yeah when I was a kid we used to put the uneaten cat food out for the hogs.

Unfortunately with the farm fields at the back Seabird, we have known rats in the area (we think in one of the houses gardens) but no hedgehogs that I have seen.

With stables just behind the houses that are very careful with their food storage etc., didn't think it was fair to encourage the rodents from our side.  

(And our cat has fussy down to a fine art!!!)
bodger

Better late than never, the brown wheeley bin has just been delivered.

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