Brent Council has been collecting green bins this month from those households not willing to pay the £40 annual 'garden tax'.
They collected from the close in which I live about 10 days ago and I don't think any household has kept their green bin.
We were told that the green bins would be stored by the Council for re-use and there was some discussion on Streetlife about possible re-use.
Now a Sudbury Court Estate resident writes:
Good afternoon Martin,I thought you would be interested to know about a recent development in connection with the above.
At home we compost the majority of our garden waste and did not take up Brent's most very generous offer to pay a surcharge for removal of our garden waste. We were advised that redundant bins would be collected during June.
Today, two vehicles arrived, one to empty any bins containing waste followed by another to take the bins away. The Contractors then proceeded to smash the wheels and the bottoms of perfectly good bins with a hand axe. A pure act of vandalism and a total waste of resources. How environmentally friendly is that? At a time when Brent Council is whinging about Government cuts forcing them to cut services, they are destroying perfectly good equipment which could be used by others.
I have issued my comments to our local councillor and chairperson of our Residents Association requesting their comments.
I hope you can investigate this matter in your usual efficient way.
Can anyone shed light on Brent Council's, or is Veolia's, action?With very best regards.Sudbury Court Estate Resident.