The TaxPayers' Alliance was in Swansea last Friday, opposing the Council’s move to limit the number of black bin bags households can leave out for collection every fortnight to only three. On a very damp morning, when most people thought it better to stay indoors, we were able to collect over one hundred signatures against these proposals.
During the morning we heard stories of residents already having to take rubbish to their local refuse site as the collections aren't frequent enough, and young mothers were complaining that the sanitation collection used for babies nappies has gone weeks without collection, even though the council has pledged to maintain this weekly service. But what troubled people the most was the prospect of neighbours dumping their rubbish outside other people's homes in a bid to avoid the new limits.
Swansea Council is pursuing an ill thought through and desperate attempt to encourage recycling and should instead work with residents rather than reverting to draconian measures. We will be back in Swansea next year promoting this campaign and look forward to working with local people on more issues that affect them.