People all over Liverpool are this week being told their bins will only be emptied once a fortnight (purple bins).
It doesn't affect everyone but it does affect a large proportion of households.
At the same time the Council's come up with a new policy on bin collections which has been a lot less publicised than the collection frequency.
You can read the whole document at this link but the key points are:
* bins are supposed to be out by 6 45 am and back in by 8pm on collection day (good luck checking up on that one!)
* if your bin is damaged or stolen you may have to pay for a replacement (there's an element of discretion here but it would be wrong to assume it's all going to be free)
* if your bin is "too heavy" or the lid won't go down, the binmen won't take it Instead there'll be a sticker or a note to say its not been collected because of this. It's then up to you to reduce the load before the next collection . Given the move to once a fortnight, it's not clear exactly where anyone will put this waste in the meantime.
* you can get an extra bin if you have special circumstances. It sounds like these are very limited. (Interestingly a resident in South Liverpool with very special circumstances phoned about the problems fortnightly collections would cause them and instead of being told about this potential option was told to buy a composter. A bit of consistency would be nice)
Some of the things in the policy make sense, but if the Council thinks its a good idea to not empty very full bins on the assumption that the refuse will disappear over the next fortnight it is very, very wrong. Flytipping anyone???