Recycling management

PUBLISHED: 12:46 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010

SIR – It happened to a few thousand households in this area, a two day strike from council workers and for us all an interruption in rubbish collection last month. It was a huge inconvenience and most people stowed their bags of rubbish away. However, a f

SIR - It happened to a few thousand households in this area, a two day strike from council workers and for us all an interruption in rubbish collection last month.

It was a huge inconvenience and most people stowed their bags of rubbish away. However, a few people left their bags and boxes out for the duration until collection a week later. Some bags were vandalised, some were ripped open by animals and some were rather smelly.

Personally, the situation did not bother me as I recycle all paper, tins, glass and cardboard. I still had only one bag for the fortnight and was it difficult to achieve? No. We normally only cook what we can consume or refrigerate or freeze, and any food waste is put into a bread bag, tied and frozen until the day of rubbish collection. It really works.

However, there was a smelly problem and that is the garden waste bin. The last collection was on July 2, we lost the July 16 collection, so the next one was on July 30, which means a month had passed from one collection to the next. Vegetation started to rot and decompose creating very smelly bins. However, if the bin can be stored away from the houses, and in the shade, the lid could be left open and a natural breeze would help, but a smelly bin might have to be flushed out.

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