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Let them pay
11:00am Wednesday 6th March 2013 in Letters
IN order to assess local reaction to proposed changes in the Malvern Hills waste recycling system, Malvern Hills District Council commissioned a poll ‘Waste and Recycling Opinion Survey 2012’, the results from which are held on their website. From the report summary, the principal conclusions were that the majority of respondents (92 per cent) stated it is important to them to have a weekly black sack refuse collection.
In contrast, 69 per cent of respondents stated that it was also important for them to have a weekly collection of recyclables in addition to residual waste.
Two thirds, 62 per cent, of respondents were willing or very willing to accept a fortnightly recycling collection if this maintains a weekly black sack collection.
The only important result to the council was the answer to the third question. Then, and regardless of the views of the majority of local residents and without obtaining the consent of the body of councillors by means of a vote, a number of councillors and officials implemented the proposed policy through the acquisition of a number of wheelie bins.
The only people who will actually benefit from the new policy are the pollsters, the bin manufacturers and their shareholders . And if the council and therefore the local residents suffer any loss occasioned by this apparent abuse, the loss should be recovered from those directly responsible.