West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called on West Lancashire Borough Council to put an end to the blue bin anomaly which has led to hundreds of residents contacting her.
The council recently changed its bins policy with the blue box being phased out and residents being moved to the blue bin for recycling of their cans, bottles and jars.
When the blue bin was first introduced a number of years ago, this was offered to residents free of charge with no obligation to accept and the option to continue using the blue box.
The recent policy change means the council will no longer accept the blue box, essentially forcing residents to accept a blue bin – but now charging £25 for it!
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This has been an absolute mess with hundreds of residents writing in to me to express their frustration and dissatisfaction with the recent changes.
“Many residents tell me they don’t require a blue bin as they would never use anywhere near that amount of recyclable material over the course of a fortnight. Others say they can’t take a blue bin as they are a terraced property with no space for storage, and some even talk about having said no to the blue bin last time round thinking they would save the council money but are now being penalised for that decision.
“I have written to the Director of Leisure and Environment Services on behalf of residents to ask that this situation be addressed and for those who are being forced off the box and onto the bin to not be forced to pay the associated charge.
“I’ve also wrote on behalf of residents who can’t use or store an extra full size bin so that they may be allowed to continue to use the box given their specific circumstances.
“It’s not too late to change this policy and offer the blue bins free of charge, in the interest of promoting recycling across West Lancashire and offer refunds to those who have already paid for one.”