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Redbridge Council green waste bags are worse than a ‘pound shop’

PUBLISHED: 15:32 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 03 May 2017

Residents are angry that the new council garden waste bags are worse than useless. Picture Ken Mears

Residents are angry that the new council garden waste bags are worse than useless. Picture Ken Mears

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The new £50 garden waste service run by Redbridge Council has come under fire from residents for “being useless”.

Subscribers can have their twigs, thorns, grass and other clippings collected and disposed of.

But many have spoken out against the service – which requires them to pay for council issued sacks – describing the bags as not fit for purpose.

Dharam Sahdev, 77, of The Crescent, Gants Hill, said the bags are flimsy and cannot be lifted without tearing and spilling their contents.

“Bags from the pound shop are stronger and you get 10 in a roll,” he said.

“These bags are useless and you have to pay £50 for them – they are not durable at all.”

Mr Sahdev said the introduction of the “money making scheme was destroying Redbridge”, and added it discourages residents from maintaining and taking pride in their gardens.

Angela Banner, of Barkingside, was also disappointed with the quality of the bags, calling them “not fit for purpose”.

She said the situation was causing a rubbish issue in Redbridge.

“People are using their own bags which are not getting picked up, causing a fly-tipping problem,” she told the Recorder.

“We would like not to pay £50 but if we have to, we need better bags. It is causing more problems than it is worth.”

Others have written to the Recorder letters page in recent weeks to complain.

John Sharrock, chairman of environmental group Barkingside 21, said he understood concerns raised by residents, but believed the situation stemmed from a lack of central government funding.

“I am not very happy but the council has to do this to balance its books,” he commented.

“People get used to something for free and are upset when it is taken away. I am disappointed that the council are in such a way that they have to charge for it.”

A council spokeswoman said it was looking at ways to improve the sacks.

“We are aware of resident dissatisfaction with the garden waste bags they have received.

“These biodegradable bags are used by councils across the country, and we are looking at the quality of the bags and any options for improvements.”

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