The rubbish​ problem on your doorstep B&NES!

The rubbish​ problem on your doorstep B&NES!

Out in the suburbs, we have all been given either strengthened sacks or wheelie bins in which to put our rubbish.

However, it seems, the same rule doesn’t apply in the city centre where various private firms have contracts to pick up commercial waste.


There is foodstuff spilling out of this ripped bag.

I have never heard of mixed recycled bags containing food but this one obviously did and that’s why it’s been pecked open – just across the road from the B&NES Guildhall too!


Rubbish – almost on the Guildhall steps – B&NES!

I am hearing the contractors only make one round and – if bags are not left out at the right time – they get missed.

Surely all bags should be marked with the name of the business leaving them on the street. That way, when blames needs to be apportioned, it goes to the right shop or cafe door.


Pieces of cucumber and tomato spill out of this ‘recycling’ bag.

As a cyclist – and sitting above two wheels – l can vouch for how bad the inner-city roads are but this depression in the bus gate outside Waitrose was an obstacle l met on foot and nearly fell through stepping into it!


The sooner B&NES gets a congestion charge and tourist tax in place the sooner there might be some money available to fix the roads!

Coming back home along the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath l was sad to see a board advertising the fact that planning permission has been granted for three homes to be built in a canalside garden.


A canalside garden – which opens up views of the countryside beyond – is going to have three houses built upon it.

It’s going to means houses quite close to the canalside edge which – at this point – affords views of the countryside beyond.


Not denying a successful local builder the right to build quality housing, but feel it’s a shame a patch of canal front is going to make way for three homes. Why B&NES?

I am not denying the builder the right to construct quality homes and – indeed – permission has been given – but shame B&NES can’t look at the bigger picture here.


How to reduce your waste line.

How to reduce your waste line.

Here’s a New Year resolution Bath and North East Somerset  Council would like us to adopt in an effort to reduce the amount of general household rubbish they have to collect.

They want us to put recycling high up on our 2018 agenda.


Most people – they say – recycle paper, bottles and cans but according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) only 12 per cent of households are recycling all they can.

More than half of us are still not regularly recycling everything we can from the bathroom and the average UK household only recycles 270 of the 480 plastic bottles they use each year.

Here are Bath and North East Somerset Council’s top ten list of items you might not realise you can recycle …

With your tins and cans and plastic you can recycle …

  • Aerosols – empty deodorant and hairspray, furniture polish and air fresheners
  • Biscuit tins – metal and plastic biscuit tins can be included with your plastic and cans.
  • Cleaning bottles – including bleach bottles and bathroom cleaners
  • Liquid soap bottles – empty, rinse and remove pump dispenser  (throw that in the bin)
  • Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner bottles – rinse, squash and replace the lids

With your cardboard you can recycle …

  • Empty tissue boxes please flatten
  • Empty boxes for dishwasher tablets and washing powder please flatten

With your small electrical items you can recycle …

  • Broken electric toys – if they’re small enough to fit inside a plastic carrier bag you can put them out next to your green box for recycling

With your clothes and shoes you can recycle …

  • Bedding – sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers (no pillows, duvets or other stuffed items).  Please put in a labelled bag to keep dry
  • Clothing accessories – including hats, bags, belts and jewellery

You can also line your food waste caddy or bin with an everyday carrier bag (such as a plastic carrier bag, bread bag or vegetable bag) so if you haven’t already started recycling your food waste make sure you order your food bin now – it’s clean and easy to use.


Cllr Bob Goodman (Conservative, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Development & Neighbourhoods said: “If we all recycle as much as we possibly can that means we need to throw away less in our rubbish bins.  Please make sure that you only put your rubbish in your wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag – do not put out any extra rubbish.”

To find out more about Bath & North East Somerset Council’s recycling and rubbish collections, please go to or contact Council Connect ( 0

S’now what to do with your rubbish!

S’now what to do with your rubbish!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – from Bath’s Theatre Royal – have joined Bath & North East Somerset Council’s campaign to encourage residents to make full use of the wide range of recycling collection services available and reduce what goes into rubbish bags over the Christmas break.


At Christmas, we use enough card packaging in the UK to cover Big Ben nearly 260,000 times – a staggering amount which, when laid out, would cover the return distance between London and Lapland – 103 times (*) – so it’s lucky that we can recycle!

Devon-Elise Johnson, who stars as Snow White, in the pantomime was joined by the Theatre Royal’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ – Jamie Legg as Sneezer, Simeon Dyer as Smiler, Glynn Jones as Kip, Sarah Knowles as Soppy, Mark Sealey as Grouchy, Steve Cox as Twitcher and Chris Chapman as Pop – who are helping Bath & North East Somerset Council publicise just how much of the waste we produce at Christmas can now be recycled.

The Theatre Royal’s Snow White, Devon-Elise Johnson, said: “In the pantomime, Snow White has to do a lot of chores for the Wicked Queen but one household job I love is recycling. We’re backing Bath and North East Somerset’s Christmas recycling campaign and I’m a huge fan, with so much extra waste at this time of year it’s more important than ever to get involved. If you follow the simple guidelines, you might be surprised to see just how much you actually can recycle now. It’s great to know that everything collected for recycling is made into useful new products, it helps to save energy and resources, so the more we can all recycle the better.”

Almost everyone is familiar with recycling certain basic items, but with such a wide range now included Snow White and the ‘Magnificent Seven’ are reminding everyone of the top 7 Christmas items we can recycle, including;

–     PAPER, remember to recycle your Christmas wrapping paper and greetings cards;

–     GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS from cranberry sauce, mincemeat and mulled wine bottles;

–     FOIL from mince pies and wrapping the turkey;

–     CANS AND AEROSOLS including squirty cream aerosols plus large tins like biscuit tins;

–     TEXTILES including worn out or unwanted Christmas jumpers;

–     CARDBOARD, you can recycle packaging from presents and deliveries, mince pie boxes and tubes from inside wrapping paper and the cardboard from around Christmas crackers (make sure you remove all other non-cardboard items);

–     ELECTRICAL ITEMS like broken fairy lights or electronic toys;


–     FOOD – Snow White may well have wished she’d recycled her infamous apple in her food waste! As well as fruit, you can also put left-over turkey skin and bones in your food bin, sprout and vegetable peelings, nut shells and any other left over food – remember you can put your food in plastic bags if you prefer not to use the compostable liners.

Bath & North East Somerset Council would like to thank the residents of Bath and North East Somerset for their help and patience with the new collection service. Now that rubbish is collected every other week, it’s important to recycle as much as possible and the Council is hoping that these tips will help residents to do just that over the Christmas period. When putting your recycling out, please remember to help the crews by separating your recycling.

There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan) so residents are advised to check their revised collection day online at or contact Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41.

Residents can also take their waste to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Recycling Centres. These will be open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan).


Getting it right?

Getting it right?

The city’s revised recycling and refuse collecting operation seems to be delivering a bonus.

The Council says recycling rates in Bath and North East Somerset have jumped with around 100 tonnes of waste now being recycled each day, thanks to the support of residents.

Figures show crews collected almost 450 tonnes of recycling last week ten tonnes more each day – since the new waste service started on November 6.

And there has been a big reduction in the general rubbish collection with less each day going into the black wheelie bins and reusable rubbish bags.


Cllr Bob Goodman (Conservative, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Development & Neighbourhoods with Grahame Stennett operations manager for Bath & North East Somerset Council

Cllr Bob Goodman (Conservative, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Development & Neighbourhoods, said: “These are fantastic figures and I hope they will continue to improve. We want to thank everyone for helping with this transition to the new service and for bearing with us during some teething problems.

“This was one of the biggest changes to our waste collection service. Crews have had to learn new routes and an increase in tonnage on recycling trucks means some recycling rounds are currently being picked up the following day. These are short-term issues which we are resolving and we want to thank people for their patience.”

Figures show a phenomenal number of green boxes and food caddies being ordered with around 6,000 due to be delivered or collected from recycling centres.

And more than 5,000 people have signed up for Bath & North East Somerset Council’s weekly text reminder service – helping people avoid any confusion about the right day to put their recycling and waste out.

Councillor Goodman added: “We’ve got additional staff and trucks delivering containers, but it may take a few weeks to get to everyone.  If you don’t want to wait, you can collect them from the council’s recycling centres in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton. Alternatively, you can continue to put your recycling out in other suitable containers while you are waiting.”

Bath & North East Somerset Council is only delivering recycling containers on request.

If you’re confused about the new service, go to where B&NES have more than 30 FAQs to help deal with most of the questions you may have.

An information pack, which was delivered with the bin/bag includes a calendar showing new collection days.  You can also check your collection day by going to

Remember that you can recycle as many as 17 different types of recyclable items – including food waste – from your kerbside weekly. Take a look at the Council’s festive 12 recycling tips for Christmas


Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Bath’s newly revamped refuse and recycling collections have maybe made us stop and think about rubbish.

Certainly David Attenborough’s BBC production Blue Planet 2 has made some of us aware of the amount of plastic rubbish that makes its way into our oceans to pollute them and destroy the creatures that live on and under it.


Top marks to artist Alison Harper for make a point about our throwaway society in a highly visual way.


Part of Alison Harper’s display at the BRSLI in Queen Square.

She’s  holding an exhibition at the BRSLI in Queen Square which is free to visit daily from 10 am to 4pm through to Monday, November 27th.


Two paper cups are deconstructed and remade into​ 71 butterflies!

Alison is an artist currently completing her PhD with practice at Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University, where her thesis includes a study of waste, of the disposable, new materialism and the micropolitical.


Paper lace. Each piece of​ lace has been made from one cup – deconstructed and rematerialised!

In a statement she says of her ‘Lost and Found’ exhibition:

“My work continues to interrogate and question the relationships with the material world we so often take for granted. In order to make I first have to ‘unmake’, revealing the qualities and the quantity of materials implicit in single use objects.


Cut paper cups – cut and wound around the base of the cups.

This is a reparative and transformational process, concerned with the ‘disposable’ detritus of everyday life in post-industrial ‘wealthy’ nations.


Knitted vessels from paper carrier bags and unpicked builders’ bags.

As artists we hold the world in our hands, a position of privilege which is easily abused, coerced by the allure of a commercialism which is difficult to avoid.


By using the material from these single use objects, which otherwise have no obvious destination; their end of life not having been considered by their producers, I am examining and emphasising the seemingly forgotten connections with our material world, and how this has a bearing on our responsibility towards others, the wider biosphere, and ourselves.”


All change on the rubbish front.

All change on the rubbish front.


Bathonians are being asked to look out for leaflets that will be posted to homes during the week beginning August 28th explaining how rubbish collections are changing from November 6th.

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In a press release B&NES explains that this four page leaflet will

  • tell you more about what is changing and why
  • suggest how best to sort your recycling boxes to make space in your wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag
  • include some frequently asked questions
  • list additional services we offer to help you.

What is changing and why?

From 6 November Bath & North East Somerset Council will be collecting rubbish every other week in wheeled bins or re-usable bags for the majority of residents. Recycling, including food waste will continue to be collected weekly. The chargeable garden waste collections will remain every other week.  The changes will help to keep the streets cleaner, increase recycling and make the services more affordable.

Find out your container allocation

In March we sent a letter out with the Council Tax bill to let you know what container you had been allocated. To check your allocation, enter your address at  or contact Council Connect.

If you have a query with your allocation please contact Council Connect.  Where households have 2 or more children in nappies, 6 or more people in their household or a clear medical need they may be able to apply for a larger bin.

If you need to change your allocation, please contact Council Connect waste enquiry line on 01225 39 40 00. They will talk through your needs, and then if appropriate pass on your request for change of container. We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your request.  In the meantime, your original allocated container will be delivered to you before the start of the new collection.  If we agree to issue an alternative container, we will arrange to replace your original with your changed container.

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What happens next?

From 25 September to early November– we will deliver the wheeled bins or re-usable rubbish bags to 78,000 households. The bins will be delivered to the front edge of your property or your re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered to your door.


  • do not put out your new bin/bag for collection until 6 November
  • continue to put out your rubbish as you normally do until the new collection starts
  • put out your rubbish for collection in your new bin/bag on your correct collection day from 6 November

Your bin or re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered with a welcome pack which will include further information about the new collection service including how to use your new wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag collection, your 2017-2018 collection calendar (please check to see if your collection day will change from 6 November) and  Christmas collection information.

Getting ready for the new service

  • Please make sure you recycle all you can, including your food waste. You can order extra free recycling containers
  • If you prefer, you can collect recycling containers at one of the three Recycling Centres, rather than wait for one to be delivered.
  • Check our website for the latest updates. Check to see if your query is answered in over 30 FAQs we have on our website
  • Visit one of our roadshows to see the new containers and find out more. Go to for details and check on our website to find out where our display wheeled bins are.
  • We are promoting re-usable nappies to help reduce waste.  We are selling packs of Bambino Mio re-usable nappies for £150 (£100 less than the retail price)
  • Resident’s packs – we are developing website materials you can download for free to help share messages with neighbours to advise them how to set out their waste etc. The website will explain this further and include a leaflet and tick-card to post to neighbours explaining how to use the service properly when the new service starts.
  • Like our Facebook page to receive updates and tips.


Why Sir James might like to be known as Dyson the ‘bag’ man?

Why Sir James might like to be known as Dyson the ‘bag’ man?

A walk up the London Road into town today finds the same weekly refuse day collection mess on the doorstep of flats above a terrace of  shops.

These are black plastic bags – obviously put out overnight – and containing foodstuff which foxes,badgers or dogs are attracted by during the hours of darkness.

You would think they – the people who fill them – would get fed up of clearing up the mess every week and learn their lesson.


An earlier example.

I don’t actually think it is students in this case.

This mess is also just around the corner from a take away unit. These are NOT their bags but it cannot help trade.

Maybe it is time to think about each householder being registered in some way so that bags have to bear a label saying where they have come from.

It might improve the way refuse is presented for collection if there was the risk of being penalised in some way for not following the simple and sensible rules.

I also saw one householder had invested in different plastic bags labelled glass, paper and plastic. It got me thinking about other ways in which B&NES could be helped out over the cost of their collections.

Why cannot the universities issue own-labelled bags to students?

Sort of ‘Bath Uni Cares’ reusables that might help students thinks about their responsibilities to the broader community and also give the university some good local promotional advertising as a caring and responsible body.

Can’t B&NES seek a sponsor for wheelies and new animal proof bags?

Sir James might be famous for bagless vacuum cleaners but could he not consider becoming the Dyson (refuse) bagman around town?

I am the first to say l could not do the job the refuse and recycling guys have to do in all winds and weathers – but please could just one recycler chap be given the job of casting an eye behind the lorry as they pass through our streets.

There also seems to be a trail of inner loo roll cardboard or food plastic trays to mark their passage.

What do others think?