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Two bin bag limit comes into force in parts of Northampton

Waste bags out for collection in Semilong, Northampton

Waste bags out for collection in Semilong, Northampton

Rules restricting 22,000 Northampton homes to two green sacks of rubbish a week have come into force – but many residents say they have not received their new bags.

The changes began on Monday, and mean properties which don’t use wheelie bins are now limited to two green sacks of rubbish a week.

But a number of residents have contacted the Chron to say they have not received their green bags yet.

Georgie Wellington said: “They sent everyone in my street green sacks, but not me.”

Mary Moynihan added: “I’d like to know when they’re delivering our green sacks.”

However Councillor Mike Hallam (Con, Parklands), the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said it was too early to judge the scheme.

He said: “The changes were only introduced on Monday, so it’s still too early to assess the impact. We’ll be monitoring the situation to make sure it’s working well and we welcome any feedback. If any households have not had their green sacks delivered then we will collect their black bags for a short period of time.”

The matter was also debated at a council meeting on Monday. Criticising the scheme, opposition Councillor Gareth Eales (Lab, Spencer), said: “Two bags per household for some people is not enough. It was wrong for the previous administration to allow a two-bag clause to be put in the waste contract, and it’s wrong of the current administration to ignore it.”

 

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