The Conservatives have called on MK Council to “avoid a Christmas bin nightmare for thousands of families” and asked the Labour-run administration to “pause and reflect” on the waste collection trial that is set to affect 3,000 homes from 26 October.
The new system would spell the end of sacks placed on the kerbside and the blue box for glass. Instead, they will be replaced with 3 separate wheelie bins for household waste and different types of recycling. Green bins for food and garden waste will stay the same.
The trial would also see bin collections shift to an alternating fortnightly service with different wheelie bins being collected on different weeks.
Cllr Dan Gilbert, the Conservative Environment and Waste spokesperson, warned the Labour Council at Tuesday’s Delegated Decision meeting that they have a “responsibility to protect the high standards people expect”.
He raised the prospect of potential staff shortages based on the first wave of Covid-19 where Serco encountered problems with staffing and vehicle maintenance.
Concerns were also raised over the welfare of elderly and vulnerable residents, some of whom may struggle to deal with 3 to 4 wheelie bins in contrast to the bin bags they will have previously used.
The waste collection trial will cover the following areas:
- New Bradwell
- Monkston (part)
- Monkston Park
- Little Crawley
- Grange Farm
- Lakes Estate (part)
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