The current recycle bins with ‘shower cap’ lids provided to residents simply aren’t fit for purpose. Not only are they quite small which means we need more than one box, the lids are of terrible quality and need replacing far too often. Residents are fed up with having to weigh boxes down as best we can so they don’t fly off in high winds and we are also fed up with streets being littered should recycling day coincide with windy weather. As I type this, I can already hear the odd can and plastic bottle that’s escaped someone’s bin being blown along the pavement.
This petition proposes that East Lothian Council provides the people of East Lothian with wheelie bins to replace the dreaded recycle boxes. Not only do they offer a much sturdier, safer and cleaner alternative to the boxes, the extra capacity of wheelie bins means less need for households to have several smaller boxes taking up precious garden space. A better collection system would also encourage people to recycle more. Many Scottish councils have issued their residents with wheelie bins to great effect, so it would be great if East Lothian Council could do the same.