Apr 5, 2017

Dutch underground bins


Although I'm from the Toon, I'm living in Groningen, NL for the year. The system for waste collection here uses underground disposal bins. To use them you have a chipcard, which tracks how much waste you dispose by weight - you then pay for what you use, which is a strong incentive to reduce your waste. The bins monitor the weight of the rubbish inside, so they only get collected once they're full. It works great, it's really clean and tidy, and it does make you much more conscious of what you are throwing away.


Apr 14, 2017

I really like this idea, but I'm sceptical that it would work in Newcastle. Sadly, I have a feeling such a system would result in an increase in fly tipping as people try to reduce how much they pay. Let's be honest, a lot of people really don't care and wouldn't think twice about dumping rubbish on the street if they thought they could get away with it and knew it would save them money.

David Hardman
Jun 15, 2017

I like the bins but not the individual charging. Sadly we have many residents who would just flytip to avoid paying. Thus honest residents would end up paying for the dishonest (we do already I know, but even more).

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  • darrensmithuk
    Jan 6, 2018

    is there to be action in either replacing the bins that were removed from the green spaces or having a plan for the removal of the rubbish that is now present. simply expecting people to walk further to a bin is a non starter and is a disgrace if this the policy going forward. i live near kenton school -yes one of the biggest schools in england there was 5 bins around enterences on the south side, all been removed with only one at a bus stop 50m away on one side of the main road. the kids have now taken to throwing the rubbish on the ground or using the large plannter as a bin. can someone take ownership if the issue please?
  • Mingai Zhu
    Nov 10, 2017

    The council has not made the most out of this website. Not many people know it. Also only a few posts here. There is also a lack of follow-up of the Commission’s progress and any further related events or workshops. I’m wondering whether the Waste Commission is still working and whether the expected report will still be produced. What can we expect in the near future?  Personally, I think Newcastle’s current garbage separation system deserves anything but credit and the council definitely has the responsibility to change it for the greater good. Low compliance with garbage separation perhaps is partly due to the deeply flawed system. If without enough education on garbage separation and waste management, people would naturally mix things together in the so-called general waste bin. In this way, food waste would contaminate other waste (some are recyclable ones), which would then not be recycled or down-cycled. What a huge waste! Thus it’s suggested that there should be a separate food waste or organic waste bin for every households so that food waste can be collected separately for composting or to be turned into energy in “waste-to-energy” plants. Plus, other originally recyclable waste can be spared from being contaminated. I haven’t done the math, but would love to help and develop specific plans, if needed. In addition, it makes no sense to allow the shopping mall area to only have one single type of bin, which of course encourages people to mix things together. There should be at least two types of bins (although not enough), one for recyclable waste, one for non-recyclables. Predictably, even just by this nudge, workers in recycling centers could have an easier and more efficient working experience and there will be an increased recycling rate. To Summarize, one question and two suggestions.  Question: will the Waste Commission still be able to produce the expected report ? Suggestions: 1. Add a separate food waste bin for every households or each neighbourhood ;                        2. Implement at least two types of bins around central shopping mall area .
  • nanawright1953
    Oct 20, 2017

    How on earth is the Council going to tackle increasing rubbish when existing bins are removed and then replaced with fewer bins. In Walbottle there used to be at least 6 bins that I can recall, now these have been replaced with 2 bins. One at the bus stop on the village green and one on Hexham Road. There are now no bins on Hexham Road through Blucher and none outside the High School and none outside either primary school in the village. As a result Hexham Road is now worse than it has ever been. The pavements outside the primary schools will also now be strewn with rubbish. The problem will not be solved by introducing fewer but bigger bins. The existing smaller bins used to fill up quickly.