Recycling collections are changing
We all need to do our bit for the planet, so we are looking at ways we can help you to reduce single-use plastic and recycle more.
Taking a positive step towards helping our environment, we will no longer be supplying orange plastic bags to collect your recycling. Instead, we are introducing reusable recycling sacks to cut down the amount of single-use plastic being used, which is also a much more cost-effective solution too.
So what does this mean to me?
In May, we will deliver directly to your doorstep:
- a blue sack for paper and card
- a white sack for cans and plastics
- a printed collection calendar
Every week on your collection day, you will need to put out either your blue or your white sack, containing the recycling that is due for collection.
Our crews will then empty your recycling into the vehicle before returning your sack to your collection point, so you can continue to reuse it.
When will my collections change?
The new collections will start in June. We will deliver your new recycling sacks and collection calendar in May. Your calendar will inform you when your first collection of your new bags will take place.
To help you get used to the changes, please check your new collection calendar to see what to put into each recycling sack and what day to put it out alongside your weekly food bin and black sacks, as well as any other items that are due to be collected.
So what’s next?
Between now and after the service changes, we will continue to keep you informed via our website, as well as our social media channels. You can also register for our SMS Text Message Service to receive updates and reminders personalised to you.
Why are you making these changes?
There are a number of reasons for making the changes:
- Reusable sacks are better for the environment by reducing the amount of single-use plastic bags. The new sacks will replace the 3.5million orange bags that are currently being used each year.
- The new collection service is a part of the Council’s efficiency savings and will help bridge the £1million gap in government funding, by generating a saving of around £100,000 a year.
I have an assisted collection so what shall I do?
If you receive an assisted waste collection, this will be unaffected. Please continue to present all of your waste in the agreed collection location.
I live in a flat, what’s changing for me?
If you receive a communal waste collection, you will be contacted separately about how these changes will affect you. Keep an eye out for a notification letter, or posters in your collection area.
This information was published 12th March 2020