The Daily Mail started a campaign last week to call on town halls to let council tax payers choose between wheelie bins, ordinary dustbins or biodegradable bags.
Asked about the problem of bins littering Britain’s streets, Brown told the Daily Mail: “That really is the matter for local authorities. We have very tough recycling targets to meet. It is very clear that there are a wide range of opinions on how we should tackle that waste. Inevitably of course, there will be compromises. But this must be done sensibly and it must take into account the views of local people.”
His comments follow a week of campaigning by the Daily Mail against the “monstrous wheelie bin”. It claims that there is growing anger among residents over “the way wheelie bins are strewn across Britain’s front gardens and streets”.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: “The Daily Mail campaign has highlighted an inescapable truth – we’re producing too much rubbish. How we deal with that waste is an issue that many people rightly feel strongly about. We need a war on waste that looks at collection and sorting. And councils must work with their communities to find a solution that works for them.”
The Daily Mail highlighted how protests against wheelie bins were growing. In South Oxfordshire, locals plan to march on Henley-on-Thames town hall next month in protest about a change to their bin system and a switch to wheelie bins.
The news comes as the Daily Telegraph reported (19 June) that residents in Tyndale were refusing to pay for their brown recycling bins after Northumberland County Council introduced a £20 charge.
The Telegraph reported that brown bins, which are used for garden waste, had been issued by Tynedale Council for free but when the area underwent council restructuring Northumberland County Council took control of waste and demanded a charge.