Waste collection changes will support Environment and Climate Strategy
From Monday 18 October 2021,
our rubbish collections will change, making weekly collections more
sustainable and environmentally friendly to support the council’s
Environment and Climate Strategy.
maintaining and securing the weekly bin collection for recycling and
food waste for the future, the Royal Borough remains in just 20% of
councils that continue to have a weekly bin collection. As you are
increasingly recycling more and throwing away less, it is important to
spend your money wisely and do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint.
Monday 18 October, waste (black bins) will be collected fortnightly. In
addition, the council will return to a five-day collection, Monday to
Friday. These changes mean 71% of residents will see a change to their
general waste collection day.
We have produced this special edition of Residents News to help prepare you for the changes in plenty of time.
Why are rubbish collections changing?
This change will help us meet
the aims in our Environment and Climate Strategy, which includes a
commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
We are placing greater
emphasis on recycling household waste, which in turn will reduce the
environmental impact and carbon footprint of the borough.
Around 50% of household waste in the borough is currently recycled, but we want you to help increase this to at least 65%.
Do I have to do anything different before 18 October?
Between 27 September and 8
October, you will receive a leaflet stating when your regular collection
will be – which day of the week, and whether your rubbish collection is
week 1 or week 2. Keep this safe, then just put your black bin out on
the correct day.
If you do not receive your
leaflet by 8 October, please contact us. You will also be able to check
your collection day on our website.
You could start looking to reduce
your waste straight away, by recycling as much as you can and only
buying what you need and will use. We have ideas on our website to help you reduce rubbish.
Will everyone be getting fortnightly rubbish collections?
So that we can improve
recycling rates and reduce rubbish from the borough, as many people as
possible will move to fortnightly collections.
However, a minority of
properties will maintain weekly black bin collections for logistical
reasons; communal collections will remain weekly as will those for roads
where 50% or more of properties have a collection from sacks.
Every household will receive a leaflet stating when the regular collection will be.
Can we have a bigger bin?
If you have a larger household (six people or more) you can request a larger black bin via our website.
Any household can request additional recycling bins or food caddies if needed.
We aim to deliver new bins in 10 working days, but this may take slightly longer at times of high demand.