Bin stickers branded ‘a waste of money’ by Ilkeston woman

Theresa Winfield with stickers for her brown bin that have been sent out too early by the council.
Theresa Winfield with stickers for her brown bin that have been sent out too early by the council.
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An Ilkeston woman has branded a council scheme to remind people about what to recycle through the use of stickers as ‘incompetent.’

Theresia Winfield, 67, of Barlborough Road in Cotmanhay, said she was surprised when Erewash Borough Council staff delivered the stickers last week.

The stickers tell people what they can recycle in their blue bins/green bags and what garden waste can be put in the brown bins. Throughout winter people can put paper and glass in the brown bin but this changes on March 2 when people will have to use the bags again and use the brown bins just for garden waste.

Mrs Winfield said it will only confuse people and the stickers should be sent out in March. She said: “I would have thought if they are going to send stickers out they would have done it the week it changes.

“Whoever thought of this isn’t very bright and hasn’t thought of the implications.

“It’s incompetent and a waste of taxpayers’ money, It was delivered after the bins had been emptied.”

Nick Thurstan, the council’s head of environment and housing services, said: “The bin stickers are aimed at being a handy and helpful reminder for what recyclable waste we collect – in blue bins or green bags – and what sort of garden waste we take away in brown bin collections. We know, of course, that some residents use their brown bin during winter months to put out recyclable waste - but we feel the brown bin sticker clearly refers to when that bin is being used for garden waste between March and December and offers a useful guide to what can be put in the bin.”