Gazette campaign forces recycling sack U-turn
Canterbury City Council
has performed a sensational U-turn following a wave of
criticism over a recycling sacks shortage in the district.
It this week admitted a
new cost-cutting service is not up to scratch and announced plans
to deliver extra rolls to angry families.
The news is a huge
victory for the Kentish Gazette - which campaigned for the change -
and the people of Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.
The new system - to be
decided on Monday - will see 19,000 families who have registered
for extra sacks receiving three rolls every four months instead of
Others yet to register
will also be eligible for more bags.
But those using up their
quota will still have to buy sacks from council vending machines
The proposed plans were
announced on Wednesday and will cost the council an extra £37,000
But that would appear
small change in light of the uproar caused by the current system,
which was brought in last June to save £100,000 a year.
The council cut the
number of rolls per delivery from two to one and stopped dishing
out free sacks at outlets across the district.
It said it was wasting
cash on bags not used for recycling, claiming two-and-a-half
million were going unreturned each year.
But eight months on and
after hundreds of complaints, rubbish bosses have seen sense and
considered another change.
Officers have recommended
the city council executive approve the new system at a special
meeting on Monday morning.
But they have opposed
plans to return to the old, better-quality sacks, claiming it would
cost an extra £50,000 a year. Giving away free sacks at council
offices has also been branded a “waste of public money”.
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