I WOULD like to reply to Carla Dugard's call for Hillingdon to introduce the dreaded bins to the borough (Call for wheelie bins to beat rats, Gazette, June 1).
I live at the border of Hillingdon/Herts and I see both sides of the argument. I too leave my plastic bags in a 'bin cupboard' but, like my neighbours, I clean out our cupboards on a regular basis to deter rats.
I have also dealt with rats in my previous employment, when they chewed through the tough, thick plastic bottom of a commercial wheelie bin to get to the food inside (no chance for the residential wheelie, then).
Ms Dugard states that a neighbour's dog within minutes captured and killed more than 10 rats and carried on to kill more than 15 by the end of the day. All I can say is the department for the environment for the council is waiting to work with this dog.
Now on a more serious note, I understand the problems of rats and collections of rubbish, but I drive through Three Rivers Council every day and I am appalled at just how long it takes to get past a wheelie bin lorry.
Did you know that Hertfordshire residents have two wheelies; one black for general rubbish, one brown for cardboard and food scraps - which needs to be cleaned on a regular basis - plus a minimum of four plastic crates for the residents, who must sort the recycled rubbish to the proper crate?
If you don't sort, it will not be collected.
Where are you going to store this lot in your flat or bin shed, and are you prepared to pay extra for the cost of wheelies, maintenance, repairs and the cost of new lorries?
Hillingdon does a fantastic job with still weekly collections and it is collected fast.
Be careful what you wish for; you may just get it!