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have just read your article ―Council's decision to charge for nappy collection stinks‖ and feel


compelled to write. I am a parent of a one-year-old, nappy-wearing


child and I am outraged by this ―stealth parent tax‖ which has been quietly introduced in relation to refuse collection. It seems to me that the council is not only


acting unfairly and un-hygienically, but they are blatantly discriminating against parents. Don't get me wrong, I am fully supportive of


the move to fortnightly green bin collection. I am keen to recycle and despite being a busy working parent I make all efforts to separate my waste, even though on some days this is time consuming. It is just that I feel strongly that there is a basic hygiene (and smell) issue here and that the council has a duty of care to ensure that bins are emptied in a manner to promote reasonable sanitary conditions. Leaving soiled and smelly nappies festering for a fortnight does not, in my opinion, promote reasonable sanitary conditions. In any other walk of life (hospital, childcare


centre, shopping centre) there would be no suggestion of leaving fecal matter sitting around for two weeks however, as a private householder, clearly the council feels that this is perfectly acceptable. Whilst I am heartened to hear that the council


could not ignore the complaints of so many parents and have introduced a weekly option for the rich parents out there, not all parents can afford this additional cost and actually, why should any parents (regardless of income) be asked to pay more for a basic service which should be covered by our council tax? I am afraid that the only conclusion I can draw


is that the council are not providing an adequate sanitary refuse service and they are blatantly discriminating against parents – they must re- think this. I am really disappointed, I feel marginalised


and I feel let down. Marianne Tankard Abbots Langley


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