Good news for the environment, better value for council tax payers, new legislation and greater efficiency – that’s the thinking behind the upcoming changes to residents’ waste services.
By September 3rd, virtually all households will have their food caddy service which will complement the new cycle of bin collections that includes black bins being collected every other week.
Each household will have a kerbside collection of their bins every week but the type of bin emptied will alternate. The council will collect black bins every other week – items in this bin will go to costly landfill. Green and brown bins are emptied every other week and the blue bin every four weeks. These are for recyclable items like glass, cans and paper which contribute to the council’s targets.
Cllr Kevin Anderson, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, says: “As all our residents will be aware, the significant public spending cuts driven by Central Government has led to some tough decisions by the council. But even in this difficult financial climate, the council has been able to provide kerbside facilities for all our waste and recycling that will save £14 million through to 2020 and protect other essential front line services.”
Council director of environment Terry Dunn says the changes may take a bit of getting used to. “But as the system beds in, the really good news is that you will be able to dispose of almost all of your food waste in your green bin. If you don’t have a green bin, please use your new green outdoor caddy. With the steady improvement in the range of recycling facilities we’ve introduced, less and less needs to go in the black bins and we can cut the amount sent to landfill, which is great news for the environment and for all our futures.”
Recycling rates are up to nearly 37 per cent. The target is 45 per cent by 2015. The council currently collects over 99% of its bins every week from a total of 15 million collections a year!
As the rounds change, the public will probably see different refuse crews working in their area. There will also be changes to the time of day when bins are emptied. In order to make more efficient use of vehicles and time, these changes to collection rounds may mean that an area which would have normally had a collection early morning may now have a collection in the afternoon.
Terry Dunn adds: “It is important that customers put their bins out on time. Please make sure your bins are out from 7am and that you bring them back in as soon as you can.”
To ensure the service works as smoothly as possible, the council has also invested in 23 new vehicles that will improve the reliability of its fleet. They are all deployed on the frontline as domestic refuse vehicles.