Tens of thousands of Bexley homes STILL without garden waste bins

PUBLISHED: 17:22 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:22 06 October 2015

Binless: Bexley's John Woodruff (and 20,000 others)

Binless: Bexley's John Woodruff (and 20,000 others)


Council has managed to deliver to just a third of people

TENS of thousands of people in Bexley are still without garden waste bins as the council struggles to get its new compost collections organised.

More than 30,000 people have signed up for the council’s paid-for collections after it decided to stop offering them for free – but just a third of them have their new bins.

In an expert piece of planning, the council took away the old bins weeks before it delivered the larger new ones - and some homeowners still haven’t even been told when they can finally expect their new receptacle to arrive.

Those whose garden waste has been mounting up for weeks have just two options – drive it to one of the recycling centres in Crayford or Footscray or put up with it.

Whether you have your new bin depends on when you signed up for the collections. You should have your bin now if you put your name down before July 19.

If you signed up between July 20 and August 22, you’ll get your bin by October 16; if you didn’t, well, you’ll get it sometime after that.

There is one consolation - if you’ve not got your bin already, your year of paid-for collections won’t start till November.

On a happier note, the council has managed to deliver all its new food recycling bins, and weekly food collections have now started.

A Bexley council spokesperson said: “We are delighted that so many people have signed up for the new garden waste service and are working hard to ensure all members get their bins as quickly as possible.

“The high demand has meant that there has been a delay in getting the new bins to some people and we apologise for any inconvenience.”

If you haven’t had your old brown bin taken away, you should let the council know.

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