Wheelie Bin News Roundup 16th September
Burnley Council is getting ready to upgrade recycling collections by delivering new wheelie bins to 22,000 homes. Residents will get a blue bin for glass, cans, and plastic, and a dark grey bin for paper and cardboard. The bins will be delivered next week, but the new recycling collections won’t start until 1st October. Residents are being asked to stick with their current blue boxes and white sacks until then. If you live in Burnley, you can find out whether or not you’ll be upgraded to the new system by visiting www.burnley.gov.uk/recyclenow
A freedom of information request has found that more than 50,000 rubbish bins have not been collected by refuse collectors in Suffolk since 2015. The highest number of missed collections was in 2018, and in the first 6 months of this year, just over 5000 bin collections have been reported as being missed.
The reasons the council gave for the missed collections included vehicle breakdowns, staff illness, difficult weather conditions, roadworks, and inconsiderate parking.
A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said that over 4 million bins are collected every year, and more than 99.9% of bins are collected on the scheduled day. He added that the council is engaging with residents on social media and updating them on any missed collections.
A spokesman for East Suffolk Council it collects over 7.5 million bins every year and collects over 99% of bins successfully. He added that it’s always quick to resolve any missed collections.
A spokesman for Babergh and Mid Suffolk said that crews collect more than five million bins each year and work very hard to make sure collections aren’t missed. He added that most residents were given a new bin collection in the summer to make the service more efficient and reduce the environmental impact.
West Suffolk Council said that its crews empty around 5 million bins each year, and missed collections are a tiny fraction of this. It added that crews make a note of any bins they’ve been unable to collect so they can follow up.
An overhaul of bin collections in Croydon last year has led to a nine percent increase in the borough’s recycling rate. New recycling bins and collection dates were introduced as part of the revamp, and even though there have been reports of lengthy collection delays, there has been an increase in recycling rates which has pushed Croydon ever closer to its 2020 50% recycling target.
A local councillor praised residents for complying with the new scheme and said that while introducing the new collection schedule has been a challenge, it has been worthwhile.
Now the council has ambition plans to be the top recycling borough in London, and the changes to waste and recycling collections are one of several initiatives that have been introduced to make the borough greener in response to the declaration of a climate emergency in July.