The man in charge of the council’s new waste collection service has admitted things could have been handled differently following controversey over ‘secret’ identification tags fitted in the bins.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Aylesbury Vale District Council cabinet member for environment and health, denied the devices were for ‘bugging or tracking’ people, but simply a means of allowing the council to offer recycling rewards in the future.
But many people expressed outrage online that they were not told about the tags before the bins were delivered.
And Sir Beville said: “In hindsight many details of such a vast operation as the one we have undertaken with contracted help could naturally have been improved. Having been through this exercise we have all learned a lot. Would we have done a few things differently? Probably, yes. But that’s the same with any major exercise.”
A council spokesman said the decision to buy bins with the devices fitted is not one that would normally undergo public scrutiny, but any decision to activate them would be publicly debated.