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Busy Bins: ripped off Manchester homeowners pay private company to collect rubbish

by | 7th, November 2016

Human skill fills the voice in Manchester, where bin collecting has become a luxury. You’d think getting rid of human waste would be a priority for any Western society, living longer and better on the back of improved hygiene and the availability of fresh water and cheap food. But in Manchester, collecting rubbish is a lifestyle choice.

Some householders in Greater Manchester are paying a private firm to empty their bins. Many are angry because some councils have reduced rubbish collections in an attempt to cut costs, and to motivate people to recycle more.

You’re motivated to recycle by having overflowing bins? Maybe not. For every problem, ingenious humanity conjures a solution:

A local businessman who bought himself a truck eighteen months ago is now emptying up to 800 bins a week.

Where there’s muck, there’s brass. Across the Manchester area, councils plan to  empty  bins  every three weeks .

Manchester Council had a plan:

Between 1 August and the end of October 2016 we’re taking your old rubbish bin away and replacing it with a new, smaller grey one. We’ll put an information sticker on your old bin on the collection day 2 weeks before the swap.

On the day of your swap we’ll take away your old bin and recycle it.

We’ll leave new grey bins outside front doors or in front gardens, anytime during the day until 7pm. Your address will be on your new bin.

We can’t let you keep your old larger bin – the switch to smaller bins is to help cut the amount of waste from grey/black bins and increase recycling – so we won’t empty old bins after the swap.

In June 2016, the MEN reported:

Coun Nigel Murphy, the council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “When recyclable waste is put into the wrong bin, money is being needlessly being thrown away. Taking this action to boost Manchester’s recycling rates now will save the city almost £2.5m every year in waste disposal costs, helping to protect

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