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Where is the health and safety in bin collections?
4:24pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Postbag
HELEN Jones from Wimborne wrote to convey her disgust at the filth in our city’s streets (Postbag, August 22).
It isn’t just the city streets that are filthy – have a look at this photograph of my wheelie bin.
This photograph was taken on a Sunday – a full six days before the next refuse collection is due, and the bin is teaming with maggots.
It is disgusting. Pretty soon the rubbish will find its own way to the pavement.
There is absolutely nothing I can do to stop this filthy nuisance.
After the fortnightly collection I use copious amounts of disinfectant and hot water to clean my wheelie bin. I also double bag all my waste.
After a week the problem simply returns; you cannot push back the tide, especially in the summer heat.
I also seem to be constantly battling a plague of flies in my house – is it any wonder?
Pretty soon refuse collectors will need to be suited out in attire resembling that of scenes of crime officers, and they have my sympathy.
Fortnightly bin collections are a false economy if all householders are forced to use more resources to simply keep their bins clean.
I am old enough to remember the 1970s when dust carts used to visit weekly (with bin men clinging on to the rear of the vehicle).
Health and Safety laws have meant we no longer see refuse collectors riding pillion because as a society we are supposed to evolve, and conditions are supposed to improve with time.
Where is the health and safety in having piles of odious rotting rubbish littering our gardens for two weeks?
It creates swarms of flies and, as we all know, flies spread disease.
In some hot countries, councils collect the rubbish on a daily basis.
Fortnightly bin collections are a retrograde step; quite simply they are an abomination.
How I long for the 1970s when it was Salisbury District Council and everyone really did matter.
PAULA ELLIOTT, Salisbury
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