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Changes to recycling collections begin

by Gemma Melling

As part of a drive to make doorstep recycling easier, changes are now being made to how waste is collected in Newton-le-Willows.

Residents are starting to 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.

Over the coming weeks, every home will receive a full new set of recycling bags, and you can start using them as soon as they arrive. There’ll be a leaflet inside detailing the changes and how to use the new system.

The set will include a new green bag for cardboard recycling. The existing black box will be for glass bottles and jars only. There will be no change to the blue bag (newspapers and magazines), white bag (plastic bottles and cans) or food waste caddies.

The roll out of the new bags will take up to eight weeks to complete so please be patient on when to expect their delivery.

Why have the changes been made?

The launch follows more than 40 public engagement events and roadshows over the summer, delivered by the council’s Recycling Officers in locations across the borough, giving residents the opportunity to see the new containers and ask questions about the service changes.

Will my collection day change?

For now, continue to put out your recycling on your usual collection day every week. And brown and green bins will continue to be collected on that same day, on alternate weeks.

But from Monday, 6 November, your collection day, week or time may be changing. This is to help improve the efficiency of collection rounds and reduce vehicle movements, accommodating new roads and houses built since the last review of routes, several years ago. You will receive a leaflet in October ahead of these changes, letting you know your new collection day.

Cllr Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Climate Change, said: “With our improved recycling service and its supporting 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.

“With this in mind, our enhanced kerbside sorted service launching today is the most effective and efficient model. This method of collection 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.”

For more information about the changes to recycling and waste services, visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/recycling.

 

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