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Improvements to your recycling service

Your red-lidded bin recycling service has changed. It is now even easier to recycle as you no longer need to separate your paper and card into the container insert - it can go straight in the red-lidded bin.

Please continue to use your your black bin for rubbish, red-lidded bin for recycling and green-lidded bin for garden and food waste.

Why have you made this change?

We're always looking at ways to improve the recycling service and ensure cost effectiveness. The bin inserts have proved to be cumbersome and time consuming for the waste teams to empty and are also costly. We replace around 2,500 per year at the cost of more than £11,000. In autumn 2018 we ran a bag trial in two areas to look at alternatives to the container inserts which was unsuccessful.

In July 2019 an in-depth analysis of the service and alternative options was undertaken and with improvements to recycling sorting technology fully commingling is now the best option overall. The new method of placing recycling together in the red-lidded bin makes recycling easier and more convenient for you which should help raise recycling rates across the Borough. The change also makes collection more efficient, saving money and reducing the impact on the local environment. Councillors approved the decision to move to fully commingled recycling collections at Community and Environment Board on 6th August 2019. The change came into effect on 1st November 2019.

What do I do with my container insert?

Please stop using your container insert and take it out of your red-lidded bin.

The insert is yours to keep. Please re-use it if you can. Here are some of the ways you could re-use your container insert:

  1. To store recycling - either in the home before you take it outside or you can put extra recycling in it and present it next to your red-lidded bin on collection day
  2. As a garden trug - easier to take around the garden or allotment than a wheelbarrow.
  3. As a potato planter - there are holes in the bottom for drainage. You could also try carrots and other vegetables
  4. In the shed, garage or workshop - plenty big enough to store all sorts
  5. As a car boot tidy - for reusable shopping bags or muddy wellies
  6. As a toy box - for children or pets
  7. Take it camping with you - to help keep your tent neat and tidy

Hopefully either you, or your friends or family will be able to find an alternative use for the insert as our preference would be for them to be reused. 

We collected unwanted inserts back in during November, if you still have one you no longer need you can take this to Lower House Farm recycling centre.

What can I put in my red-lidded bin?

You can put the following items, loose not-bagged, in your red-lidded bin:

  • Tins
  • Cans
  • Aerosols
  • Foil (wrap and trays)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles pots, tubs, trays from the kitchen and bathroom (including trigger spray bottles)
  • Paper including newspapers, magazines and junk mail
  • Card including cereal boxes, tissue boxes and greetings cards without embellishments
  • Cardboard including cardboard boxes

Please continue to use your your black bin for rubbish, red-lidded bin for recycling and green-lidded bin for garden and food waste.

Has my collection day or frequency changed?

No. We will continue to empty your red-lidded bin fortnightly on your existing collection day.

Last updated Monday, 2nd December 2019

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