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Opinion : Why is garden waste collected in winter when nothing is growing?

| November 28, 2014


Now winter is here the days are shorter, the weather is colder and there isn’t really much going on in my garden.

The weather is too cold for my plants to grow and it’s dark when yours truly gets home so even if I wanted to there isn’t the opportunity to do any gardening in the evenings any more.

Naturally my good self tidied my garden in the autumn and disposed of all the leaves, twigs and cuttings. After all the last thing a good gardener would do is to have lots of decomposing waste laying around.

Most of my friends have got rid of all their garden waste too on bonfire night when the whole lot was sent up to the sky in a huge cloud of smoke.

What puzzles me is why the powers that be are still sending dust carts around the roads of Wycombe emptying the green bins that are meant for garden waste. After all the garden isn’t growing and by now most people have disposed of what garden rubbish they had left.

According to the highly confusing ‘Recycling Guide and Calendar’ that was delivered to my house a few weeks ago there will be a suspension of green bin collections in the Wycombe area for two weeks over Christmas between the Monday 22nd December 2014 and the Monday 5th January 2015.

However my garden isn’t likely to start growing until the Spring so collecting garden waste in January, February and March is, in my opinion, a complete waste of time, money and effort.

In the Aylesbury area things are very different. Sense prevails and collections of their brown bin (the equivalent of our green bin) are suspended for two months during the depths of winter from the 24th November 2014 until the 2nd February 2015.

So why on earth are the powers that be in Wycombe busy sending dust carts around the streets emptying potentially empty bins?

In Aylesbury that have taken the sensible, and potentially cost saving option, of suspending the collection of their garden waste bins at the time of year the gardens isn’t growing. Sadly once again I fear Wycombe has got it wrong yet again.

In my opinion for the next few months it would be better to cancel the green bin collections and replace them with weekly black bin collections.

What do you think?

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