Fortnightly bins trial extended for residents

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to extend its trial of fortnightly collections of the blue recycling bins and the green landfill bins.

From 1 October the trial will include parts of Anlaby, Beverley, Burton Pidsea, Hornsea, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Roos, Stamford Bridge and Willerby.

The trial started in April as a result of residents telling the council that the monthly collections of the blue bins were not enough since they could now recycle in them glass, further plastics and Tetra Pak.

At the same time, there was a drop in the amount of waste being put in the green bins to be sent to landfill.

The addition of these areas will mean that the trial is based on 13 per cent of all East Riding households and will cover a range of areas, from rural to more densely populated, to provide the council with data on how residents are managing their waste and increasing the amount they recycle.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Residents left us in no doubt that they were delighted to be able to recycle even more in their blue bins.

“They also have been making it clear that the monthly collection of the blue bin and weekly collection of the green was no longer working for them.

“This trial will help us meet expectations and the results to date have been very impressive.”

Those households taking part in the trial are being notified by letter from the council. They will be supported during the trial by the council’s waste and recycling officers. The trial areas will also be provided with a free text service for all three bins.

In the past 18 months, the council has rolled out the additional collection of food waste and cardboard in the brown bins for composting, and glass, further plastics and Tetra Pak in the blue recycling bins.

Despite households being given larger, 240 litre blue bins, the monthly collections could not keep up with the increased rate of recycling by residents.

In July an impressive 60 per cent of all household waste was sent for recycling. In the trial area, the recycling rate was 70 per cent with a 20 per cent drop in what was sent to landfill.

Millions of pounds of council tax payers’ money are spent every year on landfill tax. The cost of that tax on every tonne has gone up this year and will rise again next year.