Small changes to recycling collections across borough will reduce costs and improve the service for residents

From February small changes to the way we collect recycling from houses in the borough will lead to a more efficient system, resulting in millions of pounds of savings over the next seven years.

A new wheelie bin with a blue lid will be delivered to households for residents to separate cardboard, paper and card from other recyclables; this will keep items dry and give us a better price when we sell it on to recycling companies.

Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council said:

“I am delighted to announce the introduction of the new wheelie bin. Over time it will help us move closer to a 50 per cent recycling rate - a rate that already stands at an impressive 45 per cent. It also means savings of £4.2 million under the new seven year contract - money that can be better spent protecting vital front-line services.

“The new service also removes the need for kerbside sorting, meaning we can collect recycling faster and more efficiently and reduce our fleet of collection vehicles. As well as reducing the cost of the service, this will lessen the environmental impact and help alleviate morning rush-hour traffic.”

Residents will put out their new wheelie bin alongside the black non-recyclable household waste bin every fortnight.

On alternate weeks there will be a collection of the green box containing other recyclable items, including tins, cans, glass, cartons, and plastic bottles, trays and tubs.

Residents will continue to put out the brown food waste caddy on a weekly basis. There will also be no change to the non-recyclable household waste collection.

The new wheelie bins will be delivered to households from Monday 18 January in time for the start of the new service from Monday 15 February. The new service replaces the current green box and cardboard white bag service.

Residents will receive a service information booklet outlining everything that is and isn’t changing. We have also produced a short video that explains the service changes and the benefits it will bring.

For more information about the changes to the recycling service, see recycling or call 020 8547 5002.