Proposed changes to bin collection arrangements

Bin collections could be changing.
Bin collections could be changing.

Proposals to trial new bin collection arrangements which could improve recycling rates and make savings are to go before councillors next week.

Two options will be considered by the executive committee for a 12 month trial affecting 4000 households.

Option one would see blue bin general waste collections decrease to every three weeks, green bin (plastics, cans etc) and grey bin (paper and card) collections increase to every three weeks from every four weeks; and brown bin (garden and food waste) collections every two weeks from March to October, then every four weeks during winter from November to February.

Option two would see blue bin collections decrease to every four weeks; green bin collections increase to every two weeks; grey bin collections staying at every four weeks; and brown bin collections every two weeks from March until October, then every four weeks from November to February.

Chris Ewing, chief operating officer, said: “Considerable effort will have to be made now to meet the 2025 target of 70 per cent recycling of all wastes. If no improvements are made to the current four-bin system and the cost for landfill disposals stays the same, this could cost the council an extra £1.5m a year.”