'We're all set for the smaller black bins'

December 22 2017

RESIDENTS in South Gloucestershire have recycled an extra 1,279 tonnes of waste since weekly collections were brought in, paving the way for the introduction of smaller black bins in the New Year.

RESIDENTS in South Gloucestershire have recycled an extra 1,279 tonnes of waste since weekly collections were brought in, paving the way for the introduction of smaller black bins in the New Year.

New figures released by South Gloucestershire Council show the success of the authority's new weekly kerbside recycling collections, which began in June this year. 

The  additional 1,279 tonnes of recycling is a 14 per cent increase and includes an extra 600 tonnes of paper and cardboard, an extra 364 tonnes of food waste and an extra 315 tonnes made up of plastics, cans and textiles.

Waste that cannot be recycled is disposed of either as energy from waste or into landfill and the council has to pay at least £101 to dispose of every tonne of black bin waste in this way, so the extra 1,270 tonnes of recycling has allowed the council to save around £130,000 since weekly collections began.

An initiative to replace the current black bins for smaller bins will be rolled out from January 15.

Cabinet councillor Heather Goddard said: "Before we launched our new strategy, 52 per cent of waste put into our black bins could have been recycled from home. This first response to making recycling easier is very encouraging. 

"The next step is to reduce the size of people’s waste bins, which will start to happen in the New Year. From January 15 we will be exchanging the 240 litre black bins for non-recyclable waste with 140 litre bins, to reduce recyclable waste ending up in the black bins and achieve our recycling target of 50 per cent by 2020. It is clear now that the pressure on those bins will be far less, thanks to residents’ recycling efforts.

"There have been a number of other initiatives as part of the new approach, including making allowances for larger families to have extra black bin capacity and introducing separate bags for disposable nappy waste to help families with young children manage their non-recyclable waste.

Residents have had Christmas collection calendars delivered but can check the dates for their area on the council website at: www.southglos.gov.uk/collectionday 

Waste and recycling collections will not take place on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 December or Monday 1 January. Sort It recycling centres will be closed from 2pm Sunday 24 December. They will be closed all day on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 Dec and Monday 1 January.