Rainhill Village Life - Supported by your Labour Councillors

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Ironically, the main national issue today on TV and radio concerns the possible extra cost to residents who fail to recycle and load up their refuse bins. This coincides with a wide discussion last night at the ward committee where there was local support for further initiatives. Council officials are telling us that plastic recycling is expensive to maintain a new service. They are also telling us that because landfill prices are determined on weight and not bulk, plastics are not the first priority because of their very small weight to mass ratio. Another issue they say is the wide variety of types of plastic causes confusion.


We believe this is hiding your head in the sand hoping it will go away. IT WILL NOT..!!! We know that many people in Rainhill feel strongly about recycling because we lead the borough in recycling figures. The highest in the whole of the 16 wards. Residents have approached us and demanded that plastic bottles should be recycled. We have therefore put a proposal to the council executive:-


Invitation to a recycling forum

A Community Recycling Forum will be held in Rainhill Library on Thursday 23rd August and will provide opportunities for people to chat with the Council’s ‘green team’.

During the session, which will be held from 2-4pm, residents will have their chance to influence Council recycling policies. The recycling team will be carrying out surveys about the current service and what residents think could make it even better.



8 comment(s):

  • I strongly want the coucil to come 'clean' on future plans for rubbish collection and recycling. I would to praise the current recycling scheme, they often take green waste that won'r fit in my bin e.g. large shrubs, and also when the bin is very heavy. I know some councils refuse to do this.

    We are massively lacking in the recycling of other material. I would like to recylce plastics but also food waste. I know that wirral have upped the amount of material householders can recycle.

    I would be happy to pay for my rubbish to be collected, as long as my council tax of over £200 a month was significantly reduced. Ultimately though, do the wagons and workers cost more to collect 20kg of waste, than 10kg. I don't think so.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:07 pm  

  • Thanks for your comment. I believe that the Wirral have a collection system which does now include plastic bottles which can be recycled. Their method is to have a "combined waste container" for recyclables including paper, glass, tin cans and plastic bottles, etc., all together for later separation. Clearly that system must incur high "separation costs" but must still be applauded. I beleive that the system St Helens MBC have set in place is better and should be extended further and give responsible residents, the vast majority, the task of "being green" individually and separating recyclables themselves.

    By Blogger Cllr. Steve Glover, at 12:14 pm  

  • We strongly support any kind of plastic recycling in Rainhill, be thsat door-to-door or at the waste disposal centre on Tasker Terrace. We would love to be able to recycle our plastic waste - and the sooner the better!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:27 pm  

  • Is there a way we can put pressure on the council to actually give us valid reasons why this isn't happening e.g. the costs involved. Maybe an e-petition or something. I'm sure lots of people in Rainhill wat this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:15 pm  

  • We are continually putting pressure on the council to include plastic bottles but to no avail YET..!!

    For info - St Helens Council are due to start a campaign as I type to promote recycling but no mention of the dreaded plastics. Look out for ads in the local free papers and St Helens First, also on radio and on billboards across the borough.

    Green bin stickers, fridge magnets..??? and "Recycling Forums" in the local libraries. Perhaps a great opportunity for like minded local residents to highlight the lack of facilities for plastic recycling. I will keep a look out for Rainhill Library Forums and post them here.

    By Blogger Cllr. Steve Glover, at 10:30 am  

  • It's unfortunate that the recycling forum will happen during the day time, on a week day, when many people who work full time will not be able to attend. Do you know if there is any way that those who cannot attend would be able to get their comments heard by the forum? (I have both emailed and written to the council about plastic recycling in the past few months and want to make my voice heard in every way that I can!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:38 am  

  • It is true that the forums in the local libraries are on weekdays but, I am told, there are and will be more opportunities to get your views across in the future. Not much notice, I grant you, but there is a recycling awareness event tomorrow, Sunday July 1st, in Victoria Park, North Road, St Helens.

    St Helens Council have also set up a web site for questions, queries and (dare I say) demands for further recycling iniatives. Email all your thoughts to: cutwaste@sthelens.gov.uk

    By Blogger Cllr. Steve Glover, at 4:41 pm  

  • I went.
    They're running a pilot of kerb side collection including plastics in 3 areas of St Helens. A few streets in Rainhill are to be included but they don't know which yet, and only those involved will find out.
    Apparently the contract for the current kerbside recycling is up soon and they're looking at taking it in house.
    As the council don't own the waste reception centres they are unable to say what goes in there, so to get a plastic bottle bank at Tasker Terrace we need to contact the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:36 am  

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