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GREEN BINS IN TEWKESBURY BOROUGH.

By nomossystone  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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NOW WE ALL HAVE BLUE BINS FOR RECYCLING WASTE THAT WAS PUT IN GREEN BINS, WHAT DO YOU  USE YOUR GREEN BIN FOR.

I HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE PRICE OF BROWN BINS  ( GARDEN WASTE ) FOR 6 YEARS -- FROM THE DAY WE WERE TOLD WE HA TO PAY £23.00 WHICH NOW HAS RISEN TO £36.00 PER YEAR.

 INITIALLY ORDERING  A BROWN BIN, THEN THINKING  THE COST WAS TOO HIGH ON MY LOW INCOME -- SENT IT BACK,  ONLY 5 OUT OF 16 HOUSES IN MY ROAD, HAVE A BROWN BIN, MOST PEOPLE IN THE ROAD  HAVE VEHICLES SO ARE ABLE TO TAKE THEIR GARDEN WASTE TO THE REFUSE TIP, EVEN WHEN I HAD A VEHICLE THE PROBLEM OF TRANSPORTING GARDEN WASTE BECAME INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT ie; SMALL CAR TOO MUCH WASTE  WITH THE MANY SHRUBS  AND TALL TREES TO KEEP IN GOOD ORDER.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 30 2012, 12:28AM

    nomossystone - GlosCC sold subsidised composting bins a year or two back - check if any left. In principle composting to be effective best in largish enclosed - particularly in winter - to allow heat build up inside the pile - also chopped material better, and now and then turn the lot to prevent anaerobic conditions developing (without air) in which case develops methane/other smelly gases. In principle you can also toss in kitchen peelings, wastes, etc in the compost. I built an enclosure with bricks with wooden slats to help take old compost out some years back - put a heavy carpet piece on the top so as not to chiil/dry out the compost, also dropped in some water when it looked dry in summer - dry/warm bed attracts mice/rats.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 30 2012, 12:21AM

    nomossystone and others - surely details of collections, what is O.K and what is not indifferent bins, and what happens are given on the council's website. http://tinyurl.com/bnor5jg Regards garden/food waste - any process - the finer the material, better/quicker the composting process. Glos CC Food waste is composted at Rosehill Farm near Dymock - food waste composting requires an equivalent quantity of garden waste. Food/Garden waste collections are frightfully expensive, and in-vessel composting even more so - so apart from claiming recycling targets, both economically, and environmentally not that great - it would have been better if there was an anaerobic digester producing biogas from food waste - even there collection is low efficiency/high cost. You will have to make up your own mind if that helps mother nature or your pocket - I don't. Best if the lot was collected together in a single bin (but not garden waste - best composted at home or local sites) and sorted at a recovery facility and what has no commercial value sent to an energy from waste facility. Multi-bin complex systems in place bonkers.

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  • nomossystone  |  November 29 2012, 10:36PM

    NibNobs, 95% of the items you have mentioned will go in the blue bin. TBC NEWS-- the free paper received here recently has given us information on how the recycling project works, while not mentioning the GREEN bin at all, and not giving us a bigger picture on BROWN BIN GARDEN WASTE DISPOSAL in detail, from customer to compost -- more information please TBC! It has been 6 years since these bins were put in use, and most of us are still unsure how or where the contents of all these bins are recycled. Not top of the list of things to brighten my day, but value for money IS, and top priority fairness in all things. tishwash, yes -- sorry I woke you, you may go back to your hibernation now!

  • nomossystone  |  November 29 2012, 9:45PM

    I had a reply ready for you NibNobs but somehow it disappeared into the ether TIG messing around again? Bonkim2003, thanks for the composting tip, I have a full compost bin that seems to be taking years to produce good compost so have started another open one at the side of this bin ( only a small space for this in a small garden). I pruned the last of my 14 roses 2 days back ( before you all comment on pruning at this time of year, I pruned these at the same time last year, and they bloomed better than ever this year), maybe I am making a rod for my own back, one climbing rose grew to 14 feet. My dilemma is that I have to cut everything up to minute pieces to bag it all up, this is so tedious when all that's needed is a brown bin in which to place all garden waste, and do the job properly. I refuse to purchase a brown bin on principle. I think the brown bins should be free, and free to everyone regardless of income if we are to keep our gardens in good order this has definately become a thorn in my side---( pun intended), and will remain so till brown bins are free to everyone who needs one. Having asked if I could exchange my green bin for a brown one,knowing I was told TBC could take it back and recycle it,( snigger) leaving me with nothing to put my garden waste in -- and as I have said, any garden waste in the green bin HAS to be put in bags, heaven help us if they spot garden waste unbagged! Whichever blinkered, brainless, none gardener thought that putting a charge on an essential commodity such as a garden refuse bin, really needs to get his/her head out of the sand of the desert he or she calls a garden in their own backyard. ( no doubt a flat dweller) with plastic flowers in a window box!

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 16 2012, 1:19AM

    Why not have a compost heap or bins in tour garden? If in the country, let nature do what it wants, and a helping hand now and then to check overgrowth. Of course if you live in a built op area and have small garden, Why go to town manicuring your garden? Leave green materials to add to the fertility of the soil or have a compost bin in a corner.

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  • dontyaknow  |  November 15 2012, 9:12PM

    We always have plenty to go in our big green bin - and having had a walk into town this morning, most people (90% I would say) seem to put out a green bin as well.

  • NibNobs  |  November 15 2012, 8:43PM

    nomossystone, here we go... bottle tops, jam jar lids, ketchup tops (Heinz of course) brown sauce tops (HP of course), milk carton tops, silver foil, that little round piece of foil on the top of an 'Actimel' drink, those plastic pull of seals from juice cartons, plastic bags (ie: thin Tesco/Asda/Morrisons bags) old worn out shoes & clothes no good for the endless charity bags we all get, charity bags, bubble wrap, ready meal trays & plastic film from them (not that we admit we eat ready meals of course!), cling film, broken glass, all plastic packaging, Christmas wrapping paper, used bits of kitchen roll ('Plenty' is my choice, anything else seems to melt in my hand when wet)....I could go on but even I'm falling asleep. If in doubt BUNG IT IN THE GREEN BIN!

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  • tishwash  |  November 15 2012, 6:56PM

    snooze, did you have to shout through the whole of your rant ?

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  • nomossystone  |  November 15 2012, 5:44PM

    NibNobs, give me an example of 'everything else.' Look at your collection card!

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  • NibNobs  |  November 15 2012, 4:40PM

    What ARE you on about?!! - the green wheelie bin is for EVERYTHING else that cannot be recylcled, as it clearly states on the leaflet you would have got from the council when you got your blue bin 2 years ago and twice a year when you get the 'when to leave out which bin calendar'. And just hide your garden rubbish half way down the green bin like 1000's of Tewkesbury BC penny-pinchers residents like I do!

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