Derby City Council is proposing scrapping its current recycling bins in parts of Abbey, Arboretum, Mackworth and Normanton wards, and says it will not be considered anywhere else.
According to the Derby Telegraph, the move is being considered in hopes it will cut fly-tipping, missed collections due to rubbish going in the wrong bins and litter in the streets.
Peter Robinson, chairman of Derby Climate Coalition said: “Abandoning recycling for some areas will give the wrong message to residents in Derby, undoing much good work. By giving a mixed message it will probably also impact negatively in other areas too.”
Councillor Ranjit Banwait – “The last thing on their minds is separating cardboard from their plastics. It is not sending out the wrong message.”
Simon Bacon, chairman of Sinfin and Spondon Against Incineration, a group battling plans for a waste treatment plant, which the city council has confirmed will go ahead in Sinfin, was “horrified”.
He said: “To stop recycling stops those who do recycle from doing so – that cannot possibly be right.”
The plans would see brown and blue bin collection services withdrawn from 138 streets, which the council described as “not best suited” to its current refuse recycling services.
Rubbish would go into black bins, which would be collected weekly instead of fortnightly.
If the plans are approved, the move will go ahead in October.
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and Streetpride, described the weekly black bin service as “a radical proposal” but said there were certain groups of people for whom recycling was “way down their list of priorities”
The Derby Telegraph reported that Banwait said the council had tried educating people about recycling in places like Normanton and Arboretum but the message “simply isn’t getting through”.
Banwait said this could be down to a variety of reasons including a lack of education or language barriers. He said the communities that it will affect are those where there are pockets of deprivation and poverty.
“These are people who are concerned about how they will put food on the table, how they will afford school uniforms,” he said. “The last thing on their minds is separating cardboard from their plastics. It is not sending out the wrong message. I’m asking the whole of Derby to be sympathetic to people who are clearly less able to cope in the current tough times.”