Councillors defy EU orders on waste collection

Southend Standard: Councillors defy EU orders on waste collection Councillors defy EU orders on waste collection

COUNCILLORS have defied orders to make residents separate their waste.

Castle Point Council has gone against EU rules which recommend authorities should collect paper, glass, plastic and metals separately.

Atameeting this week, councillors raised concerns collecting rubbish separately would lead to more vans on the already busy roads.

Norman Smith, councillor responsible for waste management, said the current system which sees households recycle glass separately from paper, plastics and metal, was “fast and efficient”.

He said: “We would have more vehicles on our roads for a lot longer collecting all the recycling.

I think personally that it would be a disaster and recycling levels would drop.

“Right now, people put it all in one bag and it’s collected. Waste going in the wrong bin would mean recycling would fall.”

The council employed consultants Plan B Management Solutions to look at whether it would be able to collect all of the rubbish separately.

They said it is “not technically, economically or environmentally practicable” to follow the EU rules.

Mr Smith added: “I think we should carry on the waywe are for now. That is the way I think we get the most recycling.

“We are at a high rate, second only to Rochford, which has separate bins and roads clogged up with dust carts – I don’t think that’s what we want in this small borough.”

Mr Smith also confirmed residents who have been issued with faulty green sacks for their garden waste will be able to get replacements from the council.

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1:29pm Sun 22 Jun 14

emcee says...

Quote: "Castle Point Council has gone against EU rules which recommend authorities should collect paper, glass, plastic and metals separately."
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Since when has "recommend" become an "order". Why do the Echo have to make themselve look like fools with stupid sensationalist headlines?
The headline should have read "Councillors ignore EU recommendation on waste collection".
If Echo headlines were covered under the Trade Descriptions Act they would be forever in hot water with Trading Standards.
Quote: "Castle Point Council has gone against EU rules which recommend authorities should collect paper, glass, plastic and metals separately." - Since when has "recommend" become an "order". Why do the Echo have to make themselve look like fools with stupid sensationalist headlines? The headline should have read "Councillors ignore EU recommendation on waste collection". If Echo headlines were covered under the Trade Descriptions Act they would be forever in hot water with Trading Standards. emcee
  • Score: -168

4:08pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Wow! -101 on the Thumbs at the time of posting this.


Must have hurt the feelings of someone at The Echo and they've rallied the troops or something.
Wow! -101 on the Thumbs at the time of posting this. Must have hurt the feelings of someone at The Echo and they've rallied the troops or something. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Sun 22 Jun 14

jolllyboy says...

Common sense prevails.
Time we started to ignore the EU rules more - as do other countries.
Common sense prevails. Time we started to ignore the EU rules more - as do other countries. jolllyboy
  • Score: 32

6:09pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Devils Advocate says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Common sense prevails.
Time we started to ignore the EU rules more - as do other countries.
One man's Law breaking is another man's common sense, I suppose. But then, those that empowered the Tories to take us into the common market despite the fact they changed their democratic minds about us having a vote on it, should be aware that, what they are doing now, moving the goal posts of democracy, is what they did before. My bet is you are in this market to stay as long as they are in Government. Last time it lasted 17 years. Imagine what they will do to you in 17 years! (No wonder Boris has the cannons at the ready!)
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Common sense prevails. Time we started to ignore the EU rules more - as do other countries.[/p][/quote]One man's Law breaking is another man's common sense, I suppose. But then, those that empowered the Tories to take us into the common market despite the fact they changed their democratic minds about us having a vote on it, should be aware that, what they are doing now, moving the goal posts of democracy, is what they did before. My bet is you are in this market to stay as long as they are in Government. Last time it lasted 17 years. Imagine what they will do to you in 17 years! (No wonder Boris has the cannons at the ready!) Devils Advocate
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11:01pm Sun 22 Jun 14

emcee says...

Hahahahaha... -116 and counting.
Absolutely hilarious.
It must, indeed, be all the Echo staff (and their legal guardians) as I fail to understand why anyone else would be so "offended" by my observations.
Still, at least we know they can use a mouse even if they don't know how to write news articles.
As a consequence I shalI now view my minus thumbs as the new positive, so let us go for the record, people. Anyone know what the record is?
Hahahahaha... -116 and counting. Absolutely hilarious. It must, indeed, be all the Echo staff (and their legal guardians) as I fail to understand why anyone else would be so "offended" by my observations. Still, at least we know they can use a mouse even if they don't know how to write news articles. As a consequence I shalI now view my minus thumbs as the new positive, so let us go for the record, people. Anyone know what the record is? emcee
  • Score: -16

3:32am Mon 23 Jun 14

runwellian says...

Time we all ignored the EU, this is Britain not France!
Time we all ignored the EU, this is Britain not France! runwellian
  • Score: 17

11:06am Mon 23 Jun 14

EssexBoy1968 says...

runwellian wrote:
Time we all ignored the EU, this is Britain not France!
I thought the French mostly ignored EU regulations that they didn't like. After all, we are told that is why they deport foreign criminals.....
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Time we all ignored the EU, this is Britain not France![/p][/quote]I thought the French mostly ignored EU regulations that they didn't like. After all, we are told that is why they deport foreign criminals..... EssexBoy1968
  • Score: 13

1:54pm Mon 23 Jun 14

The Macduffian says...

We had that method up here for a few years, the vehicle had five separate compartments for different things, problem was if one section became full the lorry had to go and be emptied, now one blue lidded wheelie bin and a black wheelie bin collected on alternate weeks, also local waste and recycling centre open 12 hours a day three days a week , staff pleasant and very helpful, usually drive in - open boot- staff empty boot- drive off, perfect
We had that method up here for a few years, the vehicle had five separate compartments for different things, problem was if one section became full the lorry had to go and be emptied, now one blue lidded wheelie bin and a black wheelie bin collected on alternate weeks, also local waste and recycling centre open 12 hours a day three days a week , staff pleasant and very helpful, usually drive in - open boot- staff empty boot- drive off, perfect The Macduffian
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