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Communal recycling bin rollout for Brighton and Hove

Hundreds of communal recycling bins are to be installed across a city centre to encourage people to go green.

Black boxes used by tens of thousands of people are to be dumped in favour of giant containers after Brighton and Hove City Council was awarded £840,000 from the Government.

Town hall bosses will use the money to install 700 new containers – some of which will take up parking spaces – to be shared by neighbours, claiming it will boost recycling rates and clear clutter from roads.

It is also expected to save the local authority £887,000 in running costs over the first six years.

Environment committee chairman Pete West said: “Increasing recycling rates is obviously a top priority for the first Green council in the UK.”

Communal bins for waste were first introduced in 2004 to help those living in flats and bedsits who did not have enough space to store their waste.

It was rolled out in 2009 to cover most of the city centre area from Sackville Road, Hove, in the west to Boundary Road in east Brighton.

More than 180,000 people rely on the system of giant street bins.

Last year the local authority introduced a trial for communal recycling bins in some streets in Brunswick and Adelaide ward.

The council said the scheme in roads off Western Road, Hove, had led to a 70% increase in recycling rates – from 12.5% to 21%.

This is still well short of the administration’s target of 50% recycling for all waste by 2020.

Coun West added: “Results from the pilot scheme show that communal recycling works well in densely populated areas of the city by making it easier for residents to recycle and keeping the streets cleaner.

“I hope this encourages other city centre residents to give the scheme a try.”

Detailed plans are to be drawn up in the coming months with consultations planned for early next year.

Labour councillor Gill Mitchell said: “The council needs to be very aware of the impact extra bins will have on the street, in particularly the loss of parking.”

Conservative councillor Geoffrey Theobald said: “Recycling and rubbish collection is probably the most essential and visible of all services that the council delivers and this money removes any threat of the Green administration moving to fortnightly collections in the near future.”

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10:44am Mon 26 Nov 12

NickBrt says...

I hope the bins aren't pink or councillor sven will blow a gasket.
I hope the bins aren't pink or councillor sven will blow a gasket. NickBrt
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10:48am Mon 26 Nov 12

fredflintstone1 says...

Our Green Council is certainly not doing well when it comes to increasing recycling rates. They collect fewer type of material for recycling now than when the scheme was introduced.

If it's such a priority for the Council, how come they haven't concentrated on expanding the range of materials which they recycle? Perhaps they should talk with Magpie, which does a much better job?
Our Green Council is certainly not doing well when it comes to increasing recycling rates. They collect fewer type of material for recycling now than when the scheme was introduced. If it's such a priority for the Council, how come they haven't concentrated on expanding the range of materials which they recycle? Perhaps they should talk with Magpie, which does a much better job? fredflintstone1
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10:50am Mon 26 Nov 12

Nitrous_McBread says...

Great stuff. We have a patio area in our North Laines house that's so small that our two recycling boxes take up about a fifth of the space. We'll have more space now. Plus the council are saving money. The naysayers are gonna have a problem finding something to complain about with this. I'm sure they'll manage though (see 'pink' comment above).
Great stuff. We have a patio area in our North Laines house that's so small that our two recycling boxes take up about a fifth of the space. We'll have more space now. Plus the council are saving money. The naysayers are gonna have a problem finding something to complain about with this. I'm sure they'll manage though (see 'pink' comment above). Nitrous_McBread
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10:54am Mon 26 Nov 12

Nosfaratu says...

I have recently been to Portugal and in this particular resort they have High-tec recycling bins, buried in the ground with only waist level shutes at the kerb.
These are near restaurants and high density area. There was no rubbish either blowing along the street or in overflowing bins. Nice and clean.

This is by far the best idea by any Council and I applaud it, just hope the residents comply. No-one likes rubbish strewn or fly-tipping of any sort.
By-the-by, any chance you could give the travellers sites big enough 'Skips' to avoid the mountains of rubbish they leave behind.
I have recently been to Portugal and in this particular resort they have High-tec recycling bins, buried in the ground with only waist level shutes at the kerb. These are near restaurants and high density area. There was no rubbish either blowing along the street or in overflowing bins. Nice and clean. This is by far the best idea by any Council and I applaud it, just hope the residents comply. No-one likes rubbish strewn or fly-tipping of any sort. By-the-by, any chance you could give the travellers sites big enough 'Skips' to avoid the mountains of rubbish they leave behind. Nosfaratu
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11:08am Mon 26 Nov 12

Lady Smith says...

Nitrous_McBread wrote:
Great stuff. We have a patio area in our North Laines house that's so small that our two recycling boxes take up about a fifth of the space. We'll have more space now. Plus the council are saving money. The naysayers are gonna have a problem finding something to complain about with this. I'm sure they'll manage though (see 'pink' comment above).
Totally agree. And don't you think it's amazing that someone manages to get an anti-gay dig in while discussing something like rubbish collection? #bigotryaliveandwell
[quote][p][bold]Nitrous_McBread[/bold] wrote: Great stuff. We have a patio area in our North Laines house that's so small that our two recycling boxes take up about a fifth of the space. We'll have more space now. Plus the council are saving money. The naysayers are gonna have a problem finding something to complain about with this. I'm sure they'll manage though (see 'pink' comment above).[/p][/quote]Totally agree. And don't you think it's amazing that someone manages to get an anti-gay dig in while discussing something like rubbish collection? #bigotryaliveandwell Lady Smith
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11:08am Mon 26 Nov 12

Lady Smith says...

Nitrous_McBread wrote:
Great stuff. We have a patio area in our North Laines house that's so small that our two recycling boxes take up about a fifth of the space. We'll have more space now. Plus the council are saving money. The naysayers are gonna have a problem finding something to complain about with this. I'm sure they'll manage though (see 'pink' comment above).
Totally agree. And don't you think it's amazing that someone manages to get an anti-gay dig in while discussing something like rubbish collection? #bigotryaliveandwell
[quote][p][bold]Nitrous_McBread[/bold] wrote: Great stuff. We have a patio area in our North Laines house that's so small that our two recycling boxes take up about a fifth of the space. We'll have more space now. Plus the council are saving money. The naysayers are gonna have a problem finding something to complain about with this. I'm sure they'll manage though (see 'pink' comment above).[/p][/quote]Totally agree. And don't you think it's amazing that someone manages to get an anti-gay dig in while discussing something like rubbish collection? #bigotryaliveandwell Lady Smith
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11:11am Mon 26 Nov 12

paul76 says...

At the expense of more parking spaces.

I wonder if the council have to buy a parking permit to put a rubbish or recycling bin in a parking space, or do they just dispute the ticket every time an over active traffic warden, sorry, parking attendant, puts one on one?
At the expense of more parking spaces. I wonder if the council have to buy a parking permit to put a rubbish or recycling bin in a parking space, or do they just dispute the ticket every time an over active traffic warden, sorry, parking attendant, puts one on one? paul76
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11:21am Mon 26 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

install 700 new containers – some of which will take up parking spaces...

So will the others be dumped on Double Yellow lines or even the pavement?
install 700 new containers – some of which will take up parking spaces... So will the others be dumped on Double Yellow lines or even the pavement? Hove Actually
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11:23am Mon 26 Nov 12

inadaptado says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
I have recently been to Portugal and in this particular resort they have High-tec recycling bins, buried in the ground with only waist level shutes at the kerb.
These are near restaurants and high density area. There was no rubbish either blowing along the street or in overflowing bins. Nice and clean.

This is by far the best idea by any Council and I applaud it, just hope the residents comply. No-one likes rubbish strewn or fly-tipping of any sort.
By-the-by, any chance you could give the travellers sites big enough 'Skips' to avoid the mountains of rubbish they leave behind.
I know that system first-hand, and despite its many pros it also has some cons. For starters it is a lot more expensive, to build and to maintain. Also, the chutes tend to be quite small (because they are more aesthetically appealing, which is the main purpose of burying the bins), and get stuck often with large cardboard or plastic pieces. And the glass ones are very noisy, because the buried bin and chute act as a resonance box.

Buried bins are a nice solution, but not for the center of Brighton. Further out, maybe.
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: I have recently been to Portugal and in this particular resort they have High-tec recycling bins, buried in the ground with only waist level shutes at the kerb. These are near restaurants and high density area. There was no rubbish either blowing along the street or in overflowing bins. Nice and clean. This is by far the best idea by any Council and I applaud it, just hope the residents comply. No-one likes rubbish strewn or fly-tipping of any sort. By-the-by, any chance you could give the travellers sites big enough 'Skips' to avoid the mountains of rubbish they leave behind.[/p][/quote]I know that system first-hand, and despite its many pros it also has some cons. For starters it is a lot more expensive, to build and to maintain. Also, the chutes tend to be quite small (because they are more aesthetically appealing, which is the main purpose of burying the bins), and get stuck often with large cardboard or plastic pieces. And the glass ones are very noisy, because the buried bin and chute act as a resonance box. Buried bins are a nice solution, but not for the center of Brighton. Further out, maybe. inadaptado
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11:55am Mon 26 Nov 12

All 9 of me says...

Lady Smith wrote:
Nitrous_McBread wrote:
Great stuff. We have a patio area in our North Laines house that's so small that our two recycling boxes take up about a fifth of the space. We'll have more space now. Plus the council are saving money. The naysayers are gonna have a problem finding something to complain about with this. I'm sure they'll manage though (see 'pink' comment above).
Totally agree. And don't you think it's amazing that someone manages to get an anti-gay dig in while discussing something like rubbish collection? #bigotryaliveandwell
it's not twitter so why the hashtag ?

and I think the pink comment which you have somehow construed to mean anti - gay , is actually a reference to the story the other day about somewhere selling pink bicycles for girls, and some green councillor having a moan about it.
[quote][p][bold]Lady Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nitrous_McBread[/bold] wrote: Great stuff. We have a patio area in our North Laines house that's so small that our two recycling boxes take up about a fifth of the space. We'll have more space now. Plus the council are saving money. The naysayers are gonna have a problem finding something to complain about with this. I'm sure they'll manage though (see 'pink' comment above).[/p][/quote]Totally agree. And don't you think it's amazing that someone manages to get an anti-gay dig in while discussing something like rubbish collection? #bigotryaliveandwell[/p][/quote]it's not twitter so why the hashtag ? and I think the pink comment which you have somehow construed to mean anti - gay , is actually a reference to the story the other day about somewhere selling pink bicycles for girls, and some green councillor having a moan about it. All 9 of me
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1:22pm Mon 26 Nov 12

cookie_brighton says...

More containers on our streets.
Several months ago the council placed 4 refuse containers outside my home, taking up 2 parking spaces, which are in demand where I live.
Every morning when I pull back my curtains in the lounge and kitchen all I see is these 4 containers,all day, most of the time full and overflowing, and black refuse bags alongside on the road, also beds,settees and any other household furniture.
I suppose most would think the recycling containers idea is a good one..........how would you like the containers outside your home.
and the council are thinking of increasing the council tax......although the government have placed a cap on it.
More containers on our streets. Several months ago the council placed 4 refuse containers outside my home, taking up 2 parking spaces, which are in demand where I live. Every morning when I pull back my curtains in the lounge and kitchen all I see is these 4 containers,all day, most of the time full and overflowing, and black refuse bags alongside on the road, also beds,settees and any other household furniture. I suppose most would think the recycling containers idea is a good one..........how would you like the containers outside your home. and the council are thinking of increasing the council tax......although the government have placed a cap on it. cookie_brighton
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1:26pm Mon 26 Nov 12

paul76 says...

Just had a thought, are the black recycling bins recyclable, or will they literally be dumped as the article suggests?
Just had a thought, are the black recycling bins recyclable, or will they literally be dumped as the article suggests? paul76
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1:32pm Mon 26 Nov 12

wippasnapper says...

Hove Actually wrote:
install 700 new containers – some of which will take up parking spaces...

So will the others be dumped on Double Yellow lines or even the pavement?
and lets not forget dropped curbs or on corners.
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: install 700 new containers – some of which will take up parking spaces... So will the others be dumped on Double Yellow lines or even the pavement?[/p][/quote]and lets not forget dropped curbs or on corners. wippasnapper
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2:10pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Uncle_Meat says...

Does anyone know why Cityclean are not bothering to deal with the people who leave their bins and recycling boxes on the pavement 24/7?
They haven't even bothered to remove the bins from pavements in areas that already have the large bins installed in Hanover.
Does anyone know why Cityclean are not bothering to deal with the people who leave their bins and recycling boxes on the pavement 24/7? They haven't even bothered to remove the bins from pavements in areas that already have the large bins installed in Hanover. Uncle_Meat
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3:06pm Mon 26 Nov 12

leahlou says...

good idea. Every night i hear the black boxes blowing around my street and plonkers chucking them about on the way home from the pub
good idea. Every night i hear the black boxes blowing around my street and plonkers chucking them about on the way home from the pub leahlou
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4:25pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Hoarder12345444 says...

Dont people flytip in these bins? I reckon I would if I lived by one!! Hahahahaha.
Dont people flytip in these bins? I reckon I would if I lived by one!! Hahahahaha. Hoarder12345444
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8:56pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
I have recently been to Portugal and in this particular resort they have High-tec recycling bins, buried in the ground with only waist level shutes at the kerb.
These are near restaurants and high density area. There was no rubbish either blowing along the street or in overflowing bins. Nice and clean.

This is by far the best idea by any Council and I applaud it, just hope the residents comply. No-one likes rubbish strewn or fly-tipping of any sort.
By-the-by, any chance you could give the travellers sites big enough 'Skips' to avoid the mountains of rubbish they leave behind.
An excellent idea which should be seriously considered. There are too many of the existing, bulky bins carelessly plonked next to junctions obstructing the views of traffic, not to mention all the parking spaces lost. And of course, no-one wants a large, smelly black bin right outside their front door or window; something more akin to half a post box would be much more acceptable.
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: I have recently been to Portugal and in this particular resort they have High-tec recycling bins, buried in the ground with only waist level shutes at the kerb. These are near restaurants and high density area. There was no rubbish either blowing along the street or in overflowing bins. Nice and clean. This is by far the best idea by any Council and I applaud it, just hope the residents comply. No-one likes rubbish strewn or fly-tipping of any sort. By-the-by, any chance you could give the travellers sites big enough 'Skips' to avoid the mountains of rubbish they leave behind.[/p][/quote]An excellent idea which should be seriously considered. There are too many of the existing, bulky bins carelessly plonked next to junctions obstructing the views of traffic, not to mention all the parking spaces lost. And of course, no-one wants a large, smelly black bin right outside their front door or window; something more akin to half a post box would be much more acceptable. Bob_The_Ferret
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8:51pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Resident in Hanover says...

Uncle_Meat wrote:
Does anyone know why Cityclean are not bothering to deal with the people who leave their bins and recycling boxes on the pavement 24/7?
They haven't even bothered to remove the bins from pavements in areas that already have the large bins installed in Hanover.
City Clean are truly hopeless

If they were a private institution, they'd be far more efficient.

Instead, they're run by the inefficient Green Party administration.
[quote][p][bold]Uncle_Meat[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know why Cityclean are not bothering to deal with the people who leave their bins and recycling boxes on the pavement 24/7? They haven't even bothered to remove the bins from pavements in areas that already have the large bins installed in Hanover.[/p][/quote]City Clean are truly hopeless If they were a private institution, they'd be far more efficient. Instead, they're run by the inefficient Green Party administration. Resident in Hanover
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