Bin exchange starts

January 30 2018

HOUSEHOLDERS in South Gloucestershire have started to receive smaller wheelie bins as part of efforts to boost the amount of waste being recycled.

HOUSEHOLDERS in South Gloucestershire have started to receive smaller wheelie bins as part of efforts to boost the amount of waste being recycled.

It will take about three months for all 106,000 black bins to be delivered to residents and their old ones removed.

South Gloucestershire Council hopes that having smaller 140-litre bins for non-recyclable rubbish will then encourage families to put waste that can be recycled into the correct containers.

It is estimated that about half of the household waste currently put into the old 240-litre black wheelie bins could in fact be recycled.

The introduction of the smaller bins comes after the launch of weekly kerbside recycling collections last June, together with a simpler sorting system.

That action has led to smaller amounts of recyclable material being stored by householders between collections and the cost of the disposal of black bin waste being reduced.

 The council said since June, an extra 1,300 tonnes of recycling had been collected - a 14 per cent increase - but the amount of waste going into the black bins could be reduced even more.

Heather Goddard, the Cabinet member for communities, said: “People have already risen to the challenge since the weekly kerbside recycling collections began. 

“This will reduce the amount of recyclable waste ending up in the black bins and help the council achieve its ambitious recycling target of 60 per cent by 2020.

“Waste that cannot be recycled is disposed of either as energy from waste or into landfill. The council has to pay at least £101 to dispose of every tonne of black bin waste in this way, which soon adds up.”

During the exchange of bins, an average of 2,000 new ones will be delivered each day, with the old ones being recycled at no extra cost to make new bins and other hard plastic containers.