RIDDINGS residents have accused the council of double standards after it removed a nearby recycling bin.
Coach hire boss Kieran Bacon, 41, from Manor Court, in the village, took a bundle of plastic to his nearby drop-in recycling last Monday only to find it had been removed without warning.
Amber Valley Borough Council, which emptied and maintained the metallic bin for plastic waste at the New Inn car park, on High Street, Riddings, has said taking away the bin will help save £29,000 a year.
A total of 25 bins have been removed across Amber Valley as part of its bid to cut £2m from its budget over the next two years.
But coach hire company boss Mr Bacon claimed the council was doing a u-turn on its pro-recycling policy and did not consult local people before removing the bin.
He said: “We only get a bin collection once a fortnight, we can’t fit all our waste in our wheelie bin.
“On one hand the council are telling us to recycle but on the other they are taking away the bins to do it.
“We all understand the cuts and we are all paying for them but with some things you just think why?”
Mr Baker says the nearest plastics recycling bin is now ‘a car journey away’ on Greenhill Lane, Riddings.
He claims the removed bin was regularly full because the council do not collect plastic as part of their roadside recycling collection.
However, a tin, paper, cardboard and glass bin remain at the site on High Street.
These materials are collected every fortnight at the roadside.
Lynne Fisher, 62, who runs the New Inn pub, on Bullock Lane, Riddings, where the bin once stood, said: “Local people used it a lot and there’s one or two that have just dumped it in the car park, which looks bad for the pub.”
Council environment manager Ian Shaw said: “These changes may achieve savings of around £29,000 while still maintaining the majority of the network capacity.
“There is still a large site in Riddings, on Greenhill Lane, there are also sites on Somercotes Market Place and at Ironville.”
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