May 5, 2017

What would help me recycle more efficiently


Currently I have a blue bin with no caddy. I have repeatedly requested a new one for nearly a year with no result. Surely it can't be expecting too much to get a new caddy within a week or two. The original caddy was damaged but useable but it disappeared following a collection.

Furthermore I have a garden waste bin which has no lid and consequently fills with water every time it rains. Again I requested a new bin immediately the lid disappeared (again on collection day) but no result so far.

It seems to me that some of the money being spent on expensive committees, travel expenses, hotels etc. could be better spent on improving the current service.

May 5, 2017

Bins of all types are frequently damaged by waste collectors. It would save money if they were encouraged to take more care when emptying the bins

May 11, 2017

We were told by the binmen that the caddy is pointless since everything goes in together anyway. Don't know how true this is but where we are the binmen empty the glass from the caddy into the blue bin and then empty the whole lot into the truck. As a result nobody around here uses their caddy any more, which is good since it makes the bin top-heavy (clever design there!). I'd love to know the official line on this.

May 12, 2017

I think it would be most helpful if the council got their act together. Changing the contractor means changing what can be recycled and how. If we could have a plan and stick to it, that would be a start. Then take a stick / carrot approach - heavy on the carrot.

Debbie Scott
Jun 14, 2017

Yeah mine went missing too, most likely the waste collector didnt bother to lift it out. Had to wait a few months to get a new one.

Kieth Maddison
Jun 14, 2017

Don't in future bring out a recycling idea like the garden waste recycling then decide to charge for it. Not a good idea

New Posts
  • yengismh
    Sep 1, 2017

    Can anyone explain why the council wasted money putting new bottle caddies in the blue bins when I watched the collector empty the caddy into the main blue bin before emptying the bin into the wagon?? I would appreciate an answer from the council!!
  • bythellv
    Nov 28, 2017

    Newcastle recycles fewer types of plastic compared with most other local authorities in the UK. We should make more effort to increase the proportion of plastics that can be recycled.
  • andymac
    Jul 18, 2017

    I saved up all my cardboard over 6 months and took it to the council tip only to watch it all go straight in the back of a bin lorry with mixed waste - straight to landfill, presumably since the cardboard compactor was broken / full. Won't be wasting my time doing that again. How about the council sorts it's act out and leads by example? Would it have been so hard to temporarily store the cardboard in another skip until the cardboard compactor had been emptied? What sort of message do you think the council are sending to people trying to do their bit for recycling when you see something like this happening?