New Bins: Your Opinions

Manchester City Council has voted to waste £2 million to replace all current grey bins with ones that are 40% smaller. The Council then ruled out saving the £2 million by swapping with the existing brown bins suggested by John Leech.

Cllr. John Leech said, "Labour claim that the bins needed to be changed because they were coming to the end of their useful life, but the vast majority of them are in perfectly good condition. This is yet another example of the Council wasting millions of pounds which would be better spend protecting front line services.”

Only Cllr. John Leech voted against the plans, and not one of the 95 Labour councillor spoke, except to complain that John Leech was asking too many questions, again.

We want to know what you think, so tell us below!

Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.


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  • answered 2016-11-11 15:49:32 +0000
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: My observations re the recent recyling/waste removal costly fiasco:
    • Increase in fly-tipping demonstrated in all parts of Mersey Valley – It costs more to remove fly-tipped waste,which isn’t recycled, than adequate provision of recycling via bins.
    • No normal person can estimate the type of plastics acceptable to the recycling system
    • There is increased use of ‘land-fill’ areas at re-cycling facilities; most waste is brought by car in plastic sacks that do not degrade which is not environmentally friendly due to unnecessary usage of plastic and fuel.
    • The waste collection operatives have told me several times that the small bins do not empty properly with the current machinery designed for bigger bins.
    • A local church that has recycled since 1976 no longer has that facility and has had to resort to bin provision, at cost, to a company outside Manchester, as the City Council’s collection service would cost 3 times the amount we have negotiated. Recycling now takes place by transport to the waste facility at Chester Road where there is an increase in traffic causing road blockages on a major road adjacent to a M60 slip-lane.
      *As I look down my road there are unidentified re-cycling bins belonging to flats that have been left out on a narrow pavement probably due to the confusion and proliferation of bins and their emptying routine.

  • answered 2016-10-27 08:17:42 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: The city council are taking positive action to try and change behaviour and to reduce the burden of rubbish disposal. Changing behaviour in this way is a long process and involves taking actions which in the short term may appear unpopoular but which will soon become second nature – think of the impact of smoking bans, part of a decades long plan to reduce smoking. This is a move that you should be supporting, showing some leadership and asking for more, not less action.

    I have recently asked myself whether I should consider supporting the LDs. This is driven by my despair at Brexit and the failure of the national labour party to do anything. Your most recent Focus reminded me however that I cannot trust you – it reminded me of the “Save Withington Hospital” leaflet that landed on my doorstep on election day 9 or so years ago. This is dog whistle politics, exploiting the prejudice and fears of people to try and win power for power’s sake, rather than showing leadership and changing opinion. This is what has landed us in the mess we are in now. This campaign is really really low.
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  • answered 2016-10-11 19:49:54 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: We recycle everything we can but our original black bin was always full so we’re going to struggle with the new grey bin that is tiny! The plastics we’re allowed to put in the brown bin is very limited so I think it’s essential that the council make it possible for us to recycle a broader range of plastics in the brown bins.
  • answered 2016-09-29 18:28:41 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: Its a joke. I work away from home a lot so i do etimes miss bin day and have no space for another 2 weekd of rubbish.

    I tried to fight it and was told its been done to increase recycling. This is the biggest insult. Manchester only recycles plastic bottles so all other type 1 plastics (same as bottles) go in tne black bin. If youre wanting to increase recycling dont chanfe my bin increase the recycleable products. I am very very angry with this new svheme and your notice stati g £2million was spent on ut angers me more. 2million on bi s and yet more cuts in police so the harrassment i have been receiving goes ignored. They don’t care a out the people they serve!!
  • answered 2016-09-19 09:45:08 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: I think this is an absolute waste of public funding especially when the so called public have no say whatsoever. I recycle ALL my rubbish but still struggle with my general waste. Where do I put my excess waste? Why can’t we come to a compromise? If we accept smaller bin capacity then will the council revert back to weekly collections?
  • answered 2016-09-18 12:44:25 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: I am against the replacement of the black bins I have a multi cat house hold and will struggle with the smaller bins and labour are just pushing this through without bothering to listen to the people ,all will happen will be more fly tipping and there new smaller bins will be a failure just like the communal bins are.The tagging of bins is big brother all to make money off the fines the smaller bins will produce
  • answered 2016-09-13 16:28:02 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: I live alone recycle as much as I can but I still have a full bin every two weeks I don’t think I will be able to manage with smaller bin I think it will cause a lot of problems with litter ect
  • answered 2016-09-13 14:32:38 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: Mine has already been stolen and my blue bin getting set on fire all the time. I cant afford to constantly buy a new black bin.
  • answered 2016-09-13 13:14:09 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: If this ridiculous plan goes ahead it will cause so many problems for so many people and also the environmental landscape. We have already had a 50% cut in volume of general waste collections. In 2011 we had a weekly collection of 240L ( 12,480L p/a) Later that year we went to fortnightly collections (6,240L p/a) This proposal will lower it further to 3,640L p/a a whopping 70% cut in just 5 years! Where was the feasibility study? How on earth can a family be expected to generate the same amount of general waste as a one person household? I foresee rubbish being dumped in street bins/store bins etc, also those that are able, taking their black sacks to the tip, chucking them on the general waste pile so the crap will still end up in landfill. The cost of replacing the bins, many of which are in good condition far outweighs the potential rise in recycling revenue. This is more about MCC reaching EU quotas for which they get financially rewarded if achieved. I find it absolutely crazy that our existing black bins are left if they are even slighty over filled yet the recycling materials can overflow onto the street yet still be taken! At the time of writing there are 2 ‘contaminated’ 240L brown bins which have been left with a sticker on stating why….They have already been there for over a week, just across the road from a Primary school, stinking to high heaven and surrounded by flies. I also have neighbours who have reported maggots in their green bins! I wonder if we will get a 70% reduction of the waste allocation cost from our Council Tax? Or indeed the private companies who employ the jobsworths that leave the bins with too much waste get a 70% cut in their financial tenders? It is un workable and completely un-necessary. Why not target the manufacturers instead as we have a situation now that eg. a trigger bottle of cleaning liquid has a container that is recyclable yet the trigger isn’t! You only have to look at the recent situation in Everton where several bales of waste were dumped which resulted in a large area of the town being infested with maggots and flies! Be prepared MCC for an increase in vermin which at £62 per household to get rid of many will not be able to afford. Smelly, rubbish strewn streets alongside a rise in Victorian diseases and fly tipping…Well done indeed!
  • answered 2016-09-08 21:41:38 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: Whilst I am in total agreement with recycling and feel that our family really does our bit, we are already finding the new bins to be completely full when collected! We are only a family of three………heaven help a larger family! Didn’t realise that the cost to replace the old bins had been so great! Would have preferred the money to have been spent on front line services, if I’m honest.
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  • answered 2016-09-08 20:50:04 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: It’s outrageous. We are a family of 4 which increases to 6 at weekends when our Grandchildren come to stay.
    We have always recycled as much as we possibly can but we simply can’t recycle more waste!!

    The Labour council have got it all wrong yet again. Our green bin is standard size, but we aren’t in the habit of wasting much food so it goes out to be emptied EVERY WEEK with just a couple of tiny bags of waste in it, whereas I now have to do a weekly run to the tip with excess rubbish that would normally go into our grey bin!!!

    I firmly believe that these new bins will lead to fly tipping or rubbish strewn streets and alleys.
  • answered 2016-09-05 10:09:37 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: they took away my old black bin (chorlton park) and didn’t replace it ,so since last Wednesday I (and my neighbours) haven’t got a general waste bin at all ! its disgusting ,Ive also noticed that the amount of rubbish being blown about the roadside and the general environment has increased by a big margin ,what a farse ! reducing the size of already overflowing bins means the environment is going to suffer even more rubbish pollution ,and it wont be picked anymore by volunteers because they have no room in their own bins to put it
  • answered 2016-08-27 15:02:47 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: I think it is dictatorial for MCC not to have consulted with residents on an issue that affects many households. The streets are already littered with fly tip and there is simply not going to be sufficient room in the new bins for larger families. This Council need to recognise we live in a democracy not a dictatorship,. We are fighting this cause by campaigning city wide.
  • answered 2016-08-26 18:03:10 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: Not only a total and utter waste of money whilst people are losing their jobs, but totally impractical. We already struggle to manage with the large grey bin and I recycle everything meticulously. There are still a huge amount of plastic containers that can’t go in the plastic recycling but in order to make sure we have enough room for our general waste I think I will now end up having to put all plastics whether allowed or not, in the plastic recycling. I just cannot understand the point of this wasteful exercise. Will the grey bins that have been removed be recycled?? Mine was in perfect condition! I anticipate overflowing bins with general waste accumulating on the streets in black bin bags, attracting vermin like the bad old days!!!!
  • answered 2016-08-22 17:26:16 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: I would have preferred to see the money spent on more extensive recyclable plastic collections in Manchester. A large fraction of my black bin rubbish by volume, if not weight, is plastic food packaging which carries recycling symbols, but is not collected for recycling in Manchester. Why not? Too expensive by volume to collect? There are recycling centres in Wigan and Kirklees (according to https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/plastic-tubs-trays). Why not spend the money on collecting, sorting and sending the plastics to these locations? That would help us to cope with the reduced bin size – as a family of four including a new born we will struggle, as every other family on our street says they will. We do our bit and recycle as much as we can – let’s see Manchester City Council step up and develop UK-leading collections and recycling, not wasting money on changing bin sizes whilst still not recycling as much as possible from our household waste.
  • answered 2016-08-22 15:40:10 +0100
    Q: Tell us what you think about the recent reduction in bin size costing £2 million.
    A: It seems like a really good solution to the problem and using the full sized grey bin for glass/plastic could encourage people to recycle more. Sounds to me like they just don’t want to back down where common sense is needed.
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