Hertsmere Borough Council issues 'zero tolerance' recycling policy

Zero tolerance recycling policy

Zero tolerance recycling policy

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Hertsmere Borough Council has tightened its recycling rules after finding nappies and chicken in people's bins.

The authority has told residents that brown bins will not be collected if they contain full plastic bags, even if they have recycling inside.

The brown bins are used for glass, cartons, plastic, cans, empty plastic bags and cardboard items.

For more information about recycling or to enquire about a bigger brown bin please visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/recycling or call 020 8207 7480.

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7:38am Wed 26 Mar 14

david Burcombe says...

Why is it that the binmen of Hertsmere are lacking common sense. Other areas don't
have this problem
Why is it that the binmen of Hertsmere are lacking common sense. Other areas don't have this problem david Burcombe
  • Score: 8

7:46am Wed 26 Mar 14

TFEB says...

The self appointed bin police are also not collecting brown bins if their lids are partially open or if additional items such as folded cardboard are left next to them.

Cardboard is now meant to go in the brown bins and one brown bin cannot cope with all the recycling of a family, so things that could be recycled now have to go in the black bin and to landfill. Hertsmere council say that an extra brown bin is available but when you ask, there has to be a minimum of 5 people in the house. I have even offered to buy one but that is not allowed. It is not worth the missus popping another child out just to get another brown bin.
The self appointed bin police are also not collecting brown bins if their lids are partially open or if additional items such as folded cardboard are left next to them. Cardboard is now meant to go in the brown bins and one brown bin cannot cope with all the recycling of a family, so things that could be recycled now have to go in the black bin and to landfill. Hertsmere council say that an extra brown bin is available but when you ask, there has to be a minimum of 5 people in the house. I have even offered to buy one but that is not allowed. It is not worth the missus popping another child out just to get another brown bin. TFEB
  • Score: 9

9:05am Wed 26 Mar 14

Borehamwood John says...

My brown bin was not emptied recently. When I phoned the council to find out why, I was informed it was contaminated with plastic. As plastic is allowed in the brown bin I was a bit confused. The call centre advised that it may be the wrong type of plastic or that I may have have put a carrier bag in the bin which had not been emptied. I said that this hadn't happened. They said they could not help me as the only information they had was the contamination was plastic. When I asked what to do with the full bin they told me to take as much of the recycled rubbish out the bin as possible and put it in the black landfill bin as they would not come back to empty it. I have now transferred the recyclable rubbish to the black bin and I still have not found out what the offending item was.
My brown bin was not emptied recently. When I phoned the council to find out why, I was informed it was contaminated with plastic. As plastic is allowed in the brown bin I was a bit confused. The call centre advised that it may be the wrong type of plastic or that I may have have put a carrier bag in the bin which had not been emptied. I said that this hadn't happened. They said they could not help me as the only information they had was the contamination was plastic. When I asked what to do with the full bin they told me to take as much of the recycled rubbish out the bin as possible and put it in the black landfill bin as they would not come back to empty it. I have now transferred the recyclable rubbish to the black bin and I still have not found out what the offending item was. Borehamwood John
  • Score: 6

1:18pm Wed 26 Mar 14

sdavis1970 says...

I live in Borehamwood and share one brown bin with 3 other flats. Unfortunately the other users are all brain dead and are incapable of following simple rules. There is currently a hamster cage (including the metal top part) in my brown bin, along with several tied up carrier bags full of tin cans and plastic bottles. That will never get emptied, because although the bin men have labelled it as contaminated, I'm the only one who seems to notice the problem. I even removed the hamster cage, only to find it put back in the brown bin two days later. Unbelievable. There is no hope.
I live in Borehamwood and share one brown bin with 3 other flats. Unfortunately the other users are all brain dead and are incapable of following simple rules. There is currently a hamster cage (including the metal top part) in my brown bin, along with several tied up carrier bags full of tin cans and plastic bottles. That will never get emptied, because although the bin men have labelled it as contaminated, I'm the only one who seems to notice the problem. I even removed the hamster cage, only to find it put back in the brown bin two days later. Unbelievable. There is no hope. sdavis1970
  • Score: 4

11:58pm Wed 26 Mar 14

bumblecherry says...

Yes, sdavis1970, we have the same breed of recycler in our flats. Beer drinking, cat owning idiot who continually puts knotted carriers of recycling in the brown bin...even after I emptied them out and checked the bin for 'contamination' this morning, half an hour later the idiot had jammed another knotted carrier into the top of a full bin which now hasn't been emptied 3 times.
Of course, if your brown bin doesn't get emptied you can always take your recycling to one of the local collection points.
Yes, sdavis1970, we have the same breed of recycler in our flats. Beer drinking, cat owning idiot who continually puts knotted carriers of recycling in the brown bin...even after I emptied them out and checked the bin for 'contamination' this morning, half an hour later the idiot had jammed another knotted carrier into the top of a full bin which now hasn't been emptied 3 times. Of course, if your brown bin doesn't get emptied you can always take your recycling to one of the local collection points. bumblecherry
  • Score: 1

12:04pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Frank Ward says...

The comments of David Burcombe suggesting the binmen lack 'common sense' are unfair, ill-informed and the suspect source of his criticism would appear to derive from the customary satisfaction of 'shooting the messenger'.
The binmen are public servants employed to serve the community of Boreham Wood.
Therefore, prior to making such disparaging and condescending judgement he would be well advised to obtain a copy of the 'job description' of the binmen and a copy of the 'mission statement' of their employers, Hertsmere Borough Council who are responsible for their service delivery.
David Burcombe may then become aware that apart from the occasional lapse in common sense by the binmen, something to which we may all plead guilty to from time to time,on further examination the finger prints of an non-elected quango of European Commissioners would reveal indisputable evidence of an indelible link with Brussels where they burn the midnight oil in non-smoked filled rooms, beavering away producing legislation for central government and local authorities in this country to implement under a threat of being fined.
Meanwhile, back in Boreham Wood the Council's 'complaints procedure' I have found to be impartial and indiscriminate in dealing with members of the public but you need evidence not cynical criticism.
Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP,
The comments of David Burcombe suggesting the binmen lack 'common sense' are unfair, ill-informed and the suspect source of his criticism would appear to derive from the customary satisfaction of 'shooting the messenger'. The binmen are public servants employed to serve the community of Boreham Wood. Therefore, prior to making such disparaging and condescending judgement he would be well advised to obtain a copy of the 'job description' of the binmen and a copy of the 'mission statement' of their employers, Hertsmere Borough Council who are responsible for their service delivery. David Burcombe may then become aware that apart from the occasional lapse in common sense by the binmen, something to which we may all plead guilty to from time to time,on further examination the finger prints of an non-elected quango of European Commissioners would reveal indisputable evidence of an indelible link with Brussels where they burn the midnight oil in non-smoked filled rooms, beavering away producing legislation for central government and local authorities in this country to implement under a threat of being fined. Meanwhile, back in Boreham Wood the Council's 'complaints procedure' I have found to be impartial and indiscriminate in dealing with members of the public but you need evidence not cynical criticism. Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP, Frank Ward
  • Score: -2

12:31pm Tue 1 Apr 14

laurie says...

We should be happy with our bin collection,the people of Torfaen in Wales are now looking forward to a MONTHLY COLLECTION.
We should be happy with our bin collection,the people of Torfaen in Wales are now looking forward to a MONTHLY COLLECTION. laurie
  • Score: 0

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