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The reduction in rubbish collections has caused public outrage in Britain. Over 150 councils are switching from weekly to fortnightly refuse collections. Will this improve recycling rates as the government has claimed or will it result in mounting piles of rubbish, putting our health at risk?

Binwatch wants to see your bins! Are they overflowing with rubbish? Attracting local vermin? Or perhaps the new system is resulting in a greener approach to your rubbish disposal.

Send us your bin stories, photos and videos - good or bad!

’Dispatches: Bin Wars’ is on Channel 4 on Mon 24th May at 9pm

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24th May 2007, 15:33  

Alfie says:

Looking pretty good!

24th May 2007, 15:41

torchy says:

Here are our bins, ready for their fortnightly collection and less than half full. Green is for normal rubbish, blue is for recyclables. Sometimes they are fuller than this but never full up. We are a family of four. We also have a brown bin for organic waste collected fortnightly but we don't use that so much because we can compost in the garden. Our council swicthed to alternate week collectons when the recyling scheme was introduced and it works very well for us - much better than storing up our recycling and taking it to a disposal place ourselves. There is no glass collection, so we still take glass to the bottle bank.

I don't see why there should be a problem with public health - if the lids are closed the bins won't attract rodents. If smelly rubbish is well wrapped up and cans are washed out, the bins don't smell.

Obviously some people have bigger families but most councils will provide extra bins for large families. We need to produce less waste as a society. Disposing of rubbish is expensive in terms of money and environmental impact. Any household that wants to produce so much rubbish that it needs to be collected every week should accept that they need to pay more for the privilege. We do not have a right to generate unlimited amouts of rubbish and expect councils to take it all away just because 'we pay our council tax'.

When I was growing up in the sixties and seventies my parents had a dustbin which was minute compared wth the modern wheelie bins. Probably less than a quarter of the capacity. They never seemed to have a problem.

If you are filling up a huge wheelie bin every week, you need to throw away less stuff.

24th May 2007, 15:51

mat says:


well said.

24th May 2007, 15:59

shez says:

I am all for recycling, but it seems, in deprived areas, the services just are not available. I live in an area with so-called 'green bins' for our garden waste which should be collected every 2 weeks - mine has never been collected. I have leaflets pushed through my door asking for unwanted clothes and shoes to be left in black bags for collection - again mine were never collected. And as for bottle banks, I have never seen one in the City of Salford, so if anyone knows where one is, please tell me!!! We don't all have a car to get to the tip, so if they won't collect it, what are we to do?

And I suppose as usual the unemployed will receive some kind of benefit to pay for it

25th May 2007, 14:33

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