You've bin and had your say

PUBLISHED: 11:58 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:11 06 May 2010

Do you prefer the wheelie bin...

Do you prefer the wheelie bin...

THE COMET has had a huge response from readers following last week s update on the refuse collection saga between a council and its residents. More than a dozen letters were sent in by readers who wanted to give their views on what is turning out to be a

...or the humble bin bag?

THE COMET has had a huge response from readers following last week's update on the refuse collection saga between a council and its residents.

More than a dozen letters were sent in by readers who wanted to give their views on what is turning out to be a heated debate between Stevenage Borough Council and its residents.

After The Comet reported a month ago that mountains of black bags were being dumped on pathways by dustmen the council hit back by saying it was the residents who were doing it.

Some residents responded furiously to this by saying they had made numerous complaints to the council and have seen dustmen dumping rubbish. One lady said the dustmen once blocked the entrance to her garage by piling up the bags.

The debate continued last week when Stevenage council said changing from black bags to wheelie bins would cost £600,000

A council spokesman said: "Taking into account the costs of running an extra collection vehicle, this would definitely make the ongoing costs to the service higher than with black sacks."

The Comet wanted to compare this with other local authorities and asked both North Herts District Council and Mid Beds council about their services.

Both offer wheelie bins to residents, and Mid Beds replied that when it altered its refuse collection service the change proved to be cheaper in the long term.

Stevenage council has not ruled out changing to wheelie bins but said the earliest it could be implemented would be at the beginning of the next financial year in April 2007.

* This week in a poll on our website www.thecomet.net we asked visitors if wheelie bins were the way forward.

Out of the 33 people that have voted so far, 85 per cent said yes - they would be much better while only 15 per cent replied no - what's wrong with black bags?

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