Not the most scenic of Hoylake views for you all today …more of a snapshot of daily life in 2009! But of course bin day today is far removed from what is was say 30 years ago. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago in Barton Road (behind the Green Lodge).
When we lived in Guffitts Rake in Meols in the late 70’s I can recall the bin men walking into the back garden to actually get the bin, carry it to the road to empty it and then bring it back again. How was that for service!
Some years ago we all got green wheelie bins and they were emptied every week. Then we got brown bins for garden waste and they were emptied every other week (except over the winter). Then things got a little more controversial with the introduction of the grey recycling bins. I say controversial because along with the introduction of grey bins came fortnightly emptying of the green bins. The alternate emptying of green and grey bins is not universally popular and can cause hygiene problems. In warm weather, rotting food waste can smell (even when bagged) and in some instances householders can find maggots in their green bins. Another practical issue with an increasing number of bins is having the outside space to store them.
There have been newspaper reports that an additional bin is being considered. I gather that a slops bin (sounds lovely I know, I’m sure they won’t call it that) is being considered for food waste that can be converted into fuel or burnt in an incinerator. About 25% of councils already have separate food waste collections – not something we have here in Hoylake at the moment. It can only be a matter of time before Wirral Borough Council at least consider implementing such a system.
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