New rubbish collections launch next month

Your Local Guardian: The fruit-themed rubbish collection rounds The fruit-themed rubbish collection rounds

Fruit salad-themed bin rounds could turn sour next month when controversial evening collections are introduced.

The new rounds - each given a fruit title to make them easier for residents to remember - will start at 6am and finish by 8.30pm from Monday to Friday, with Saturday collections running from 7am to 2.45pm.

Using fewer vehicles running more frequently, they have been brought in to save the council £1m from its waste collection budget.

But the measures have been met with concern by residents who fear the trucks could cause traffic problems during the afternoon school run and rush hour.

Binmen have also raised concerns the collections will be difficult to carry out during the evenings when there are more parked cars in congested residential streets.

Sources in the council's waste and recycling department have said during trials of new routes some collections did not finish until 10.30pm - and predicted the new routes would overrun their 8.30pm schedule.

The council said it was confident the new collection times would be met.

It has said the new collections, which begin on April 16, are the best solution for a service needing to save money, when residents rejected suggestions of fortnightly collections or charging for removing free garden waste pick-ups.

By extending collection routes to run in the morning, afternoon and on Saturdays, the council claims it can save £500,000 without cutting collections, introducing extra charges or laying off staff.

Councillor Colin Hall, executive member for environment and climate change on Sutton Council, said: "Our residents told us that weekly waste collections were a priority for them, so we have found an innovative way of protecting front line services while still cutting costs."

Green bins and garden waste will be collected fortnightly, on the same day as brown wheeled bins.

In the week before the change, residents will receive leaflets and calendars, and a notice stuck on their bin, telling them which fruit-themed day their rubbish will be collected.

For more information visit sutton.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.

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12:15pm Thu 29 Mar 12

suttonres22 says...

I think this is brilliant. A bit wacky but certainly memorable and I will definitely remember when my bin will be collected! Lime Tuesday for me!!!!11!!
I think this is brilliant. A bit wacky but certainly memorable and I will definitely remember when my bin will be collected! Lime Tuesday for me!!!!11!! suttonres22
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2:54pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Michael Pantlin says...

With bins left out on the pavement for longer this will make steering a mobility scooter even more of a challenge than it already is. Was this plus and limes business thought up by a Sutton Council Fruit and Nut Case?
With bins left out on the pavement for longer this will make steering a mobility scooter even more of a challenge than it already is. Was this plus and limes business thought up by a Sutton Council Fruit and Nut Case? Michael Pantlin
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2:55pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Correction: Should read plums and limes.
Correction: Should read plums and limes. Michael Pantlin
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1:17pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Michael Pantlin says...

suttonres22 wrote:
I think this is brilliant. A bit wacky but certainly memorable and I will definitely remember when my bin will be collected! Lime Tuesday for me!!!!11!!
What will be the fruity zone code for Strawberry Lane, Plumpton Close and Plumtree Way, Peaches Close Cheam, Blueberry Close Wallington and Lime Close SM5? When collections are a day later because of bank holidays will the fruity name change for that week?
[quote][p][bold]suttonres22[/bold] wrote: I think this is brilliant. A bit wacky but certainly memorable and I will definitely remember when my bin will be collected! Lime Tuesday for me!!!!11!![/p][/quote]What will be the fruity zone code for Strawberry Lane, Plumpton Close and Plumtree Way, Peaches Close Cheam, Blueberry Close Wallington and Lime Close SM5? When collections are a day later because of bank holidays will the fruity name change for that week? Michael Pantlin
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3:36pm Mon 2 Apr 12

sfocata says...

Aww, it's all rather sweet and charming, but how are the names of fruits more memorable than the names of, er... the days of the week?
Aww, it's all rather sweet and charming, but how are the names of fruits more memorable than the names of, er... the days of the week? sfocata
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