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  1. Published on: 14/06/2018 07:34 AMReported by: rogerblaxall
    MP Rosie Cooper has waded into the PR debacle over new recycling 'rules' and called on the Borough Council to put an end to the blue bin anomaly that's led to hundreds of residents contacting her.

    The council recently changed its bins policy with the blue box being phased out and residents being moved to the blue bin for recycling of their cans, bottles and jars.

    When the blue bin was first introduced a number of years ago, this was offered to residents free of charge with no obligation to accept and the option to continue using the blue box.

    The recent policy change means the council will no longer accept the blue box, essentially forcing residents to accept a blue bin - but now charging £25 for it!

    Rosie told QLocal yesterday: "This has been an absolute mess with hundreds of residents writing in to me to express their frustration and dissatisfaction with the recent changes.

    ďMany residents tell me they donít require a blue bin as they would never use anywhere near that amount of recyclable material over the course of a fortnight. Others say they canít take a blue bin as they are a terraced property with no space for storage, and some even talk about having said no to the blue bin last time round thinking they would save the council money but are now being penalised for that decision.

    ďI have written to the Director of Leisure and Environment Services on behalf of residents to ask that this situation be addressed and for those who are being forced off the box and onto the bin to not be forced to pay the associated charge.

    ďIíve also wrote on behalf of residents who canít use or store an extra full size bin so that they may be allowed to continue to use the box given their specific circumstances.

    ďItís not too late to change this policy and offer the blue bins free of charge, in the interest of promoting recycling across West Lancashire and offer refunds to those who have already paid for one.Ē
     

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