New bins service imminent

Coun Symon Fraser.
Coun Symon Fraser.

Up to 15,000 households in the Pocklington, Market Weighton and Stamford Bridge areas will only have their green bins collected fortnightly instead of weekly from the end of this month.

However, the same residents will soon have their blue bins collected every two weeks instead of every month, meaning they will be able to recycle more waste.

Letters from East Riding Council will begin landing on local doorsteps from Thursday 22 August announcing the start of fortnightly collections from Tuesday 27 August.

It will also include households across Barmby Moor, Melbourne, Wilberfoss and Bishop Wilton.

The brown composting bin for garden waste and food waste has been emptied fortnightly since 2011.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “The fortnightly collection of all three bins is absolutely hitting the spot with recycling rates rising and more waste being kept out of landfill.

“Residents in the area are brilliant recyclers. In June, local people put 207 tonnes of glass, paper, plastics and cans in their blue bins for recycling. Within the first few weeks we expect this will rise by up to 40 per cent.

“In June, 511 tonnes of waste was put in the green landfill bins in this area. As a result of the fortnightly service we are expecting a big drop in this figure, probably by as much as 25 per cent.”

The imminent fortnightly bins service follows a trial by the council last year. According to the local authority, this was based on requests from residents across the East Riding for a fortnightly service because the blue bins were filling up too rapidly, while the amount of waste being put in the green landfill bins was dropping.

As soon as residents are on the fortnightly collections they can use the council’s new text service to remind them when to put out their bins.

Residents will receive a text from the council on the evening before each collection day, prompting them to put the bins to the kerbside.

To receive the reminders, residents have to send just one text to the council to set it up. Except for the cost of this initial text, the service is free.

Details of how to subscribe are included in the information pack that is being delivered to every household.

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