Changes to bin service

News release PR 2124

Issued 20 November 2012


The Borough Council's new bin service will come into effect on 2 April 2013.  During the first few months of next year the new bins will be delivered to every household in readiness for the new service.

Most households will receive a new grey 23-litre food bin, a new grey 7-litre kitchen caddy and a new 240-litre black bin.  Households with black bag collections or communal bins will still receive the kitchen caddies for food waste.

The existing 140-litre black bins will be collected and then taken away to be recycled, when the new black bins are delivered. Anyone who wishes to keep their 140-litre bin for the alternate weekly collection, rather than having a new 240-litre black bin, can do so, by simply filling in the online form at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling or by calling 01553 616200. The deadline for notifying the council is 14 December, as new bins will start to go out in January.

Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:  "This is one of the biggest changes we've made to our waste collection services in many years.  We have tried to be flexible in the arrangements that we have come up with, which is why people can choose to keep their existing bin, if they don't think they need the additional capacity." 

Leaflets explaining the changes have been sent out to homes across west Norfolk.  Further information will be provided before the service starts next year and all the latest information is available online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling , by text if you sign up for text alerts or by following the council's Twitter account @WestNorfolkBC.

Cllr Long added:  "People have told us that they think we need to do more to encourage recycling.  We hope that by providing the new food waste collection service and moving to alternate weekly collections that we will increase our recycling rate from 37% to around 50%, which has got to be better for the environment.  By jointly procuring our new waste collection contractors with North Norfolk District Council and opting for alternately weekly collections with weekly food collection we have saved over £1m per annum for the next 8 years. This will help us protect vital services whilst keeping our element of the council tax bill low. "

 

Last updated: 23 November 2012
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