Recycling service changes 2017
In response to a public consultation in November 2015 we have looked into changes to the recycling service we provide.
We received over 3,500 responses to the consultation which highlighted the following:
- 70% of residents would prefer a wheelie bin for recycling, rather than boxes.
- 88% of residents said they valued the garden waste service, with 65% indicating that they would be prepared to pay for it.
As a result:
- From 1 April 2017 we are introducing an annual charge for garden waste collections.
- From October 2017 we will be rolling out wheelie bins for recycling. These will replace most of your current black boxes and will be collected fortnightly. You will still need a black box to recycle your glass bottles and jars.
Recycling changes - your questions answered
When will I get a wheelie bin for recycling?
The service will not start until October 2017 so we will deliver wheelie bins just before this time.
I don’t want a wheelie bin, can I keep my black boxes?
We are looking into options for householders who cannot have wheelie bins to make the service as easy as possible. If you don’t have space for a wheelie bin, alternative containers will be provided (there is a chance you will keep your recycling boxes but this will not be confirmed later this year). You will still need to separate your glass into one recycling box.
Why do I need to separate glass?
Glass can easily break and mix with other items. This affects how they are recycled. A separate collection is better for the quality of recycling.
Why are we getting less recycling collections?
Recycling will be collected fortnightly. You will have a total of 295 litre recycling capacity which is the same as 5 or 6 recycling boxes. This will be made up of:
- a 240 litre recycling wheelie bin which is the same size as the garden waste bin
- a 55 litre recycling box for glass.
During the waste and recycling consultation at the end of 2015, 70% of residents stated that they only put out two or three boxes of recycling each week. This is the equivalent of 220 – 330 litres. The shape of a wheelie bin also means you can fit in more items than in the boxes.
What is happening with food waste and household rubbish collections?
You will continue to have weekly food waste collections and a fortnightly rubbish collection. But there may be a change to your bin day to make the collection rounds more efficient, reduce traffic and reduce carbon emissions. Any changes to scheduling will be made in October 2017 but we will let you know about this close to the time.
Can I still put out excess recycling?
We're still working on the final details of the new service but are considering collecting excess recycling that you cannot fit into your wheelie bin. More details will be confirmed nearer the time.
Are you collecting the recycling boxes?
You will still need to keep one or two boxes for your glass recycling but we are looking into options for collecting unwanted boxes or alternative uses for them.
The wheelie bin will last much longer than the recycling boxes so we will not need to replace containers as often as we do at the moment.