Fortnightly blue and green bin collections to start from March 2013
|January 19, 2013||Filled under East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Environment, Hedon, Holderness, Keyingham, Thorngumbald|
SUCCESSFUL TRIALS of fortnightly blue and green bin collections has prompted the East Riding Council to roll out the system across the county.
The roll out will start in Hedon, Withernsea, and surrounding villages in March 2013 and take up to the end of the year to complete across all areas of the East Riding. Each phase will include a major programme of support to assist residents to manage their waste by increasing further the amount they recycle in the blue bins.
Currently the council collects the blue recycling bins every four weeks and the green landfill bins every week. The brown bins for composting have been emptied every fortnight since 2011.
In April 2012 the council piloted fortnightly collections of the blue and green bins for 6,000 properties across the East Riding, including in Keyingham and Thorngumbald. It was immediately successful and the trial was extended to a wider range of areas covering a total of 20,000 households across the East Riding.
Haley Singleton was included in the pilot scheme and posted on our Facebook Page at the time: “It’s brilliant, works perfectly for us, we’ve signed up so we get a free text the night before so they remind us which bin to put out too”
The council says that the introduction of these new services led to a massive change in the amounts of waste being put in the bins.
“There was an immediate increase in the amount of waste being put in the blue bins. The recycling rate in the trial area rose to 70 per cent compared with a monthly recycling rate in the non-trial area of 60 per cent. At the same time, there was a drop in the amount of waste being put in the green bins for landfilling. The amount of waste collected from the green bins in the trial area went down by 35 per cent.” – East Riding Council news release
Throughout the trial, the council says it “proceeded cautiously” taking account of feedback from those residents taking part. The general response was that they fully supported the fortnightly bin collections as it enabled them to recycle even more.
During the trial, residents were given direct support by the council’s recycling team which went from door to door. There was also a telephone hotline number, a dedicated email address and an information pack. The recycling team also gave presentations at community group meetings.
The roll out will be based on the successful pattern used for the roll out of the brown bins in 2008, the introduction of the collection of food waste, and the distribution of the larger blue bins and collection of glass, further plastics and Tetra Pak in 2011.
If you require any more information or you would like to arrange a talk about any waste and recycling issue including the fortnightly bin collections please contact Jonathan Crozier at email@example.com or on 01482 395605.