By Tony Earnshaw Local Democracy Reporter
KIRKLEES Council has insisted it is not checking grey bins in the borough following criticism of its policy of using advisors to check new green recycling bins.
The council responded after several residents in Littletown complained that red warning stickers had been placed on their grey waste bins during collections in May.
The stickers advised that bins had not been emptied because they contained garden waste and that they would only be emptied on the next collection if the garden waste was removed.
The stickers also advised residents to contact the council for a free garden waste collection – however Kirklees Council does not offer a free garden waste collection service.
Instead it is currently encouraging residents across the borough to sign up to its paid-for garden waste collection by paying for a brown bin costing £37.50 per year.
A council spokesman said: “This is an old sticker, which has not been used in years. We’re not checking grey bins and garden waste is not a free collection.”
Coun Lisa Holmes (Con, Liversedge and Gomersal) raised the issue with the council following residents’ complaints.
She was told: “Staff were not instructed by management to use these stickers. Stickers were being used by staff with good intention, but using the wrong process.
“Staff have been informed of the correct process to advise residents of any collection issues.”
Coun Holmes criticised the council’s approach to the overall waste collection service. She said: “They are pushing it onto residents. They have invited councillors to go out [with advisors], but what are they going to do? Stand there and watch them go through the bins?
“I wouldn’t blame the binmen for being unhappy about this. They get enough abuse as it is. How it’s been done is just dreadful.”