Jonny, I can't comment on what current local councillors are doing, but I promise you that recent local Cllr. Karen Alexander has been on this case.
Karen [ Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org ] involved me in the last fortnight and I am trying to help too.
Liberal Democrat Party
Well curiously enough that was me - photo above. There is an obvious issue with this approach - which is that they can attract dumping, but I'm beginning to wonder whether something like this, managed properly, would be better in some streets than endless wheelie bins (either in gardens or on the pavement)... But the key is the managed properly bit, and the being used properly bit as well of course.. And as we all know neither are easily attainable.
Yes yes yes. This is my oft-posted solution to ALL our bin problems. One of these in the road every few yards, or a pair, green + black, replaces the bins in the front yards/gardens. Emptied several times a week, but the total labour would be the same as going into each yard and picking up two or four or twelve bins weekly/fortnightly. Brighton + Hove does it. Other countries do it. Personal bin provision is an historic accident, most other countries don't have it.
Let's get our front gardens back. Grow flowers....
Yes, but what about elderly/disabled residents who may find it difficult to tote their rubbish and recycling to a street bin?
How does rubbish get into the house in the first place? If a person needs help shopping, then the same help may be there to take out a rubbish. It's part of a home help's job. A carrier-bag full of rubbish - as it can be dumped in small amounts, don't think of big bin liners - will probably be within the carrying ability of most people who are not getting extra help. The street bins are not far away, every few car spaces, in my fantasy scheme.
We have to do something more than add more + more bins. To me this is more likely to work with the lazy/hopeless/disorganised ones who don't use the bins properly already, at least all their rubbish would go into the one container and be emptied more often. I write as one whose garden was covered in bluebottles this weekend, from the next-door-but-one incompetent neighbours whose bins were crawling with maggots this week.
Yep. Until it's easier to get rid of rubbish the right way than the wrong way, we will continue to see these problems. The absolute insanity of a council that tries to fix our problems with rubbish dumping and fly tipping by making it HARDER to get rid of waste legitimately never ceases to depress me :(
Pamish, I think you wildly overestimate the number of elderly/disabled people who have home helps and what those home helps have time to do. For some people, day to day living is a struggle and the things able-bodied people do without thinking twice about are difficult for others less mobile. I'm not saying your fantasy bin land wouldn't be a good thing, but it wouldn't work for everyone.
Anyway, I'm going off on a tangent I know. I hope V&M's problem gets sorted.