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Cut down on waste and recycle
2:33pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Letters
AFTER reading the letter from David Walker in last week’s Journal, I got the feeling that if he was drowning and someone threw him a lifebelt, he would refuse it if it was the wrong colour.
Here is a man who receives a polite visit from a member of the Wiltshire Council waste team to inform him of collection changes and all he can do is complain bitterly.
I am really so very sorry if Wiltshire Council is a nice council, but, unfortunately for him, we intend to remain a nice council.
Mr Walker may not be aware, but in many other UK councils the first time you will be informed of overfilling your waste bin, is a letter through the door containing a fine of £1,000.
This is an example of a nasty council.
Here in Wiltshire we believe in attempting to communicate change to householders in a civilised manner and no, we will not be bringing in fines. As for the heart-breaking cry from Mr Walker about `what to do with spare bags`, well the vast majority of householders in Wiltshire are avid recyclers and do not need extra capacity. However, in such circumstances the council works with householders to cover excess waste.
I am very proud to represent my area in a caring Wiltshire Council and unlike Mr Walker I have the greatest respect for the hard working ordinary people who make up the council.
CLLR CHRIS DEVINE, Winterslow division
I PRESUME David Walker is referring to Wiltshire Council’s recycling facility at Churchfields when he invites Journal readers to ‘see him in the queue for the tip’ (Postbag, October 17)?
Pity the Wiltshire Council representative who was obviously woefully unprepared for the question posed by Mr Walker: “What was I supposed to do with any surplus bags?”.
Surely the reason for this latest initiative to cut down on excess black bags next to wheelie bins is to encourage people to cut down their waste and recycle more efficiently as household waste going to landfill should always be the last resort.
But there is help at hand for Mr Walker.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust offers lots of helpful advice on its website (wiltshirewildlife.org, click on green living and reduce your rubbish).
ANNE MORRIS, Salisbury
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