Fortnightly bin collection

A Driffield councillor claims that East Riding households taking part in the fortnightly bins collection trial are breaking records for reducing the amounts of waste sent to landfill.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s fortnightly trial started in April and now involves involving 13% of the county’s 150,000 homes.

The trial involves the fortnightly collection of the blue recycling bins and the fortnightly collection of the green landfill bins. Those taking part have reduced the amount they are sending to landfill in their green bins by 120 tonnes a month.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Before the trials started, residents were telling us that there was not enough room in their blue bins for all their recycling.

“The trial doubles the collections of the blue bins and this has provided the boost residents needed. Those in the trial areas are making the most of the new service to recycle even more.”

Around 20,000 households across Anlaby, Beverley, Bridlington, Brough, Cottingham, Driffield, Goole, Hornsea, Market Weighton, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and Willerby are taking part.

The amount of waste sent for recycling from the blue bins has risen by 100 tonnes a month. It includes glass bottles and jars, paper, plastics and tins that have been washed and squashed, and Tetra Pak food and drink cartons.

The monthly recycling rate in the trial areas has consistently been 70 per cent, compared with the 60 per cent in those areas not on the trial.

From summer of last year, the council rolled out larger, 240 litre blue bins to enable households to put in further materials, particularly glass and further plastics. This resulted in a jump in the amount being recycled across the East Riding. Residents began contacting the council requesting additional blue bin collections and, in response, the council launched the trial.

The paper from the blue bins is used to make more products, such as newspaper and toilet rolls. The glass bottles and jars are made into more bottles and jars: the cans end up as everything from paper clips to parts of bridges. The plastics can be re-used as car parts or as more margarine tubs.

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