Residents’ fears over new Flintshire wheelie bin service

Reporter:

Lois Hough

RESIDENTS in Queensferry fear a new wheelie bin service will spell trouble for their narrow street.

And pensioners on Glynne Street fear they are too frail to push a wheelie bin up their drive when the service is introduced in September.

Across Flintshire, 6,000 homes already abide by new collection arrangements and an extra 6,000 in Flint, Penyffordd, Mynydd Isa and Mancot will enrol in June before the scheme is rolled out across the county in September.

Councillor Dave Wisinger has emailed waste chiefs requesting a street survey be undertaken.

He told the Leader: “Residents were given a batch of black bin bags with a note from the council saying they would be the last ones to be delivered.

“But the road and pavement is so narrow that there is simply no room to put a wheelie bin on the pavement.

“There was one suggestion that they line the wheelie bins along the back alley but that is also too narrow for a refuse vehicle to gain access.

“And if you pile 20 or 30 wheelie bins at the end of the alley so that they are easy to reach for the council staff then they are going to cause an obstruction. “Also, some of the pensioners on Glynne Street worry that they are unable to push a wheelie bin past their front gate.”

Under the new system, there will be weekly collections of food waste from sealed caddies, a weekly collection of recyclables in the existing recycling containers, a fortnightly collection of domestic waste from the new black wheelie bins and a fortnightly green waste collection from the existing brown wheelie bin.

Councillor Nancy Matthews, executive member for waste management, said that elderly and disabled residents will be allocated yellow stickers which signal to bin men that they need help with their wheelie bin.

She added: “Residents shouldn’t worry about the new system because we have been looking very carefully at places which are difficult to access and putting plans in place to deal with it.

“The pilot schemes have gone really well. Before the pilot scheme we sent leaflets out to the homes that would be affected and knocked on 6,000 doors to explain what would happen.

“We have always delivered a Rolls Royce service when it comes to waste collection.”

Steve Jones, head of Streetscene at Flintshire Council, added: “Residents will be expected to present their waste containers at a location which will be agreed with council staff and any elderly or disabled resident who is unable to do so will be
offered an assisted collection service.

“The assisted collection service will require the council to collect, empty and return all of the waste containers from the residents property.”

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