Updated: Wednesday, 21st February 2018 @ 3:49pm

It's beginning to look a lot like landfill: Rochdale Council boycott bin collections for Christmas period

It's beginning to look a lot like landfill: Rochdale Council boycott bin collections for Christmas period

By Ben Ireland

With Christmas shopping in full swing and Santa Claus wish lists on their way to Lapland, Rochdale Council unwrapped an unwelcome festive gift to boycott bin collections for almost a month.

A leaflet explaining the decision affecting Rochdale South was distributed last week – just one day in advance of the last collections – as homeowners will have to wait until January before general waste is collected by council workers.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Dale Mulgrew has rubbished committee plans, which expect residents to take their bins to the tip.

With no collections in the festive period, Cllr Mulgrew is questioning why the domestic waste is not replacing recycling collection the following week.

Instead, residents will have two chances to have recycling collected, but their domestic waste, usually the larger of the two collections, will be put on hold.

Cllr Mulgrew said: “This means that the more heavily used domestic waste bin will not be collected for an unseemly long time, especially over a period where everybody knows there is more waste produced.

“If this cannot happen,” he argued. “Why can’t the council swap the domestic waste collection service to the first week of January and resume from that point thereafter?”

Cllr Mulgrew also questioned why there is no waste collection service over between Christmas and New Year, arguing that others must work over these dates.

He added that when he has put this to the council, he was told local tips are open every day except Christmas and January 1.

“I cannot see everyone, especially those who use public transport, hot footing it over to the tip to get rid of the excesses of Christmas,” he said. “Or maybe, maybe the Labour run council knows differently?”

Picture courtesy of emiana, with thanks

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