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Changes are coming to bin collections

by Gemma Melling

A renewed emphasis on making doorstep recycling easier will see changes being made to how waste is collected in Newton-le-Willows.

St Helens’ Borough Council’s new Resources and Waste Strategy – which was agreed by councillors last week – aims to “make waste a thing of the past”.

As part of the change, we will all receive new recycling containers with an improved design and lid to keep the contents dry, as well as a heavier weight in the bottom to stop them from blowing away in the wind.

The black box will remain but be used for glass only, and three new weighted bags will be issued to every household.

These will be delivered from September this year, and will offer increased capacity compared to the current service, particularly for cardboard.

Food waste will continue to be collected separately via the current caddy.

Residual waste and garden waste for subscribers will continue to be collected every two weeks.

You might also have a change to your collection day, with routes being revised to take into account new homes that have been built in recent years. This will begin in November, and you will be notified in advance if your date will change.

St Helens’ strategy also includes approval for the purchase of ten new recycling collection vehicles, with a mix of modern, efficient diesels and low-emission electrics, supporting the council’s net zero carbon emissions target by 2040.

Cllr Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “With this new strategy we’re aiming to make waste a thing of the past, looking at waste as a resource first – working together to reduce, reuse and recycle as much of our waste as possible, and treat it as a sustainable renewable energy source.

“With this in mind, our enhanced kerbside sorted service is the most effective and efficient model. This method of collections generates high quality material that has a higher financial value and that can more easily be recycled.

“That means we can always say with confidence that what we collect for recycling will be recycled. When recycling is comingled in one bin, typically more than 20 per cent of materials cannot be recycled due to contamination. And with our bags and boxes collected weekly, residents have more than double the capacity that a regular sized wheelie bin would provide.

“We must enable residents and businesses to contribute towards the circular economy and achieving net zero carbon. This means preventing waste and keeping resources in circulation through repair, reuse and recycling.”

To read more about the changes coming to recycling and waste collections, a comprehensive list of recycling FAQs and to view the full Resources and Waste Strategy, visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/recycling.


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