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Council’s decision


to charge for nappy collections stinks


P


arents will have to pay extra if they want dirty nappies collected more than once a


fortnight, after Three Rivers District Council announced plans for an ―improved‖ nappy collection service. The council had come under fire after a shake-


up of its waste and recycling collection services left those with babies and toddlers no option but to let soiled nappies pile up over a fortnight. Residents, concerned about hygiene and the


smell, demanded the council reconsider. Late last month the council acquiesced and


introduced a new weekly collection service for its white nappy sacks —but it‘s certainly not free. Councillor Phil Brading, Cabinet Member for


Public Services and Health, said: ―Families opting for the weekly service will need to buy special stickers to ensure their nappy sacks are picked up on the weeks when there is no normal refuse collection. The stickers will be supplied in rolls of 13, sufficient for the extra collection of one sack each week over a six month period, at a cost of £22.75 per roll. ―The purpose of these stickers is to show that


the extra special collection arrangements have been booked and paid for. They should only be used on nappy sacks put out on the weeks when there is no refuse (green bin) collection (that is, not on nappy sacks put out on the weeks when there is a full refuse and recycling collection).‖


Abbots mum Linzi Hudson, who has a two-


year-old daughter, said: ―I think it stinks. Councils provide services to all parts of the community, why are they singling out families who are already struggling?‖ ―I understand they want to cut waste but they


still have to be realistic about how their measures impact on young families.‖ Families already pay 25p per nappy sack. The


council says families can save up to £500 a year by using ―real‖ cloth nappies. They will also receive £80 cash back from the council. Tell us what you think? Email daniel@mynewsmag.co.uk.


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