The introduction of smaller black bins, previously scheduled to begin this year (2017), has been quietly postponed by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).
An SGC spokesperson told the Journal:
“Weekly recycling was introduced in June and is proving popular with residents who can now put out all of their recycling every week. We have seen a steady increase in mixed dry recycling, and in the period June to September we collected an extra 1,200 tonnes, which is approximately a one percent increase to South Gloucestershire’s recycling rate.”
“It was always our intention to roll-out the smaller black bins later in the year (2017), but we have now taken the decision to wait until after December. We know that Christmas is a time when more waste is generated and collections are often slightly delayed as the crews catch up after the break. The roll-out will now start in January 2018 and is expected to be completed during April 2018.”
A report tabled at a meeting of SGC’s Cabinet on 4th December states:
“The main aspect of the Waste Strategy is to encourage recycling by improved recycling collections and the introduction of smaller black bins. Following concerns raised by residents, the move to smaller bins has been moved to after Christmas, but should be complete by May 2018. Early indications of the effect of the new recycling arrangements are positive, but it is too early to see the definitive position – particularly as the new bins are not in place.”
More info: Changes to the waste and recycling service 2017/18 (SGC)
Image: Diagram showing the average volume of black bin waste in a 240-litre bin and the same waste in a 140-litre bin (excludes waste placed in black bins that could have been recycled – on average 52 percent of the bin content, says the council).
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