What nonsense

 I CONGRATULATE Coun Mike Charles on his comments relating to the protests he has received about the introduction of wheelie bins by Malvern Hills District Council.

It is a nonsense.

This imposition is a classic example of the misconception that ‘one size fits all’. It does not: parts of the MHDC area are reasonably level and the introduction of wheelie bins for the collection of recycled materials, including glass, is appropriate.

However, many of us live on the slopes of the Malvern Hills and parts have severe gradients and should be considered separately.

The use of wheelie bins in such areas is inappropriate and may well pose potential risks to the safety of householders positioning their filled bins at their property boundary collection points.

Is it reasonable to expect an elderly or physically impaired person to move a weighty wheelie bin filled with two weeks’ recycling materials, including glass, and manoeuvre it into position up or down a slope or steps? What measures have the council taken to assess the extent of this problem and what would be the cost of providing assistance to those who would not be able to easily and safely move their bins to their property boundary?

These unanswered questions demonstrate that the proposals for the introduction of wheelie bins may not be appropriate throughout the whole of the MHDC area.

DR DAVID PENTER

Malvern

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8:29pm Wed 23 Jan 13

THE FACTS says...

THIS IS BASIC... THE AREA IS CALLED MALVERN HILLS AFTER ALL.

SO THE REVIEW WILL HAVE LOOKED AT THE ISSUES THE GOOD DOCTOR RAISES.

SO CAN THE COUNCIL PLEASE PUBLISH THE ANSWERS ... SO WE CAN READ SOMETHING INTERESTING IN THE PAPER FOR A CHANGE ... ITS GETTING BORING NOW.
THIS IS BASIC... THE AREA IS CALLED MALVERN HILLS AFTER ALL. SO THE REVIEW WILL HAVE LOOKED AT THE ISSUES THE GOOD DOCTOR RAISES. SO CAN THE COUNCIL PLEASE PUBLISH THE ANSWERS ... SO WE CAN READ SOMETHING INTERESTING IN THE PAPER FOR A CHANGE ... ITS GETTING BORING NOW. THE FACTS

8:39am Fri 25 Jan 13

sarah and her chickens says...

You are assuming that the council have looked into these things !
9000 houses will not have bins , that's 25% . They will also have a funding shortfall in the years.
If they did publish the facts I think you may change your mind on wheelie bins !
You are assuming that the council have looked into these things ! 9000 houses will not have bins , that's 25% . They will also have a funding shortfall in the years. If they did publish the facts I think you may change your mind on wheelie bins ! sarah and her chickens

11:03am Fri 25 Jan 13

Casmal says...

What an excellent letter,

With all his correspondence I have been looking at the legal requirements. What I found alarmed me. The EU is requiring all countries to have what they call separate stream collections, i.e not all materials lumped in together, as the resulting quality is not good. The date for this is 2015.
Councils can only be excepted if they can prove that is was not practically, economically or financially viable to do so and that the recycling quality was at least as good as single stream. Clearly Malvern cannot demonstrate this as they have had single stream, which worked perfectly well and it has cost them thousands to instigate the wheelie bin scheme. The latter is not practically, technically or financially viable, whereas the formed is, so where will that leave Malvern in relation to EU law in 2015 and why hasn't this been mentioned before?
What an excellent letter, With all his correspondence I have been looking at the legal requirements. What I found alarmed me. The EU is requiring all countries to have what they call separate stream collections, i.e not all materials lumped in together, as the resulting quality is not good. The date for this is 2015. Councils can only be excepted if they can prove that is was not practically, economically or financially viable to do so and that the recycling quality was at least as good as single stream. Clearly Malvern cannot demonstrate this as they have had single stream, which worked perfectly well and it has cost them thousands to instigate the wheelie bin scheme. The latter is not practically, technically or financially viable, whereas the formed is, so where will that leave Malvern in relation to EU law in 2015 and why hasn't this been mentioned before? Casmal

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