Positive response to bin changes

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Leaflets advising people of the changes to west Norfolk’s bin service, that come into effect on 2 April next year, have been distributed across the borough. The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive with many people wanting to help reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfill.

Honor Howell, Council Information Centre Manager, said: “We’ve received over 2100 calls about the new service during the last month. The vast majority of those calls have been from people opting to keep their existing 140-litre black bin for their fortnightly collection rather than receiving the larger 240-litre bin which is really encouraging and shows how keen people are to avoid sending waste to landfill.”

“Other questions have been about how the service will work and where to find further information about what can go into each bin. This has helped us develop our website with frequently asked questions.”

The changes to the service are designed to increase the amount of recycling in west Norfolk and to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill. By opting for the alternately weekly collection with weekly food waste, the council is able to reduce the cost of providing the service by just over £8million over the term of the contract.

Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This cost-reduction will help us keep our element of the council tax bill down and will help to preserve other services in the area. People will retain a weekly collection of food waste, and by using that service could help increase recycling levels to over 50%, which would be a significant improvement.”

In readiness for the new service, new bins will be delivered to households during January, February and March. Most households will receive a new grey 23-litre food bin, a new grey 7-litre kitchen caddy and a new 240-litre black bin. Households with black bag collections or communal bins will receive kitchen caddies for food waste.

The existing 140-litre black bins will be collected and then taken away to be recycled, when the new black bins are delivered.

Anyone who wishes to keep their 140-litre bin for the alternate weekly collection, rather than having a new 240-litre black bin, can do so, by simply filling in the online form at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling or by calling 01553 616200. The deadline for notifying the council is December 14, as new bins will start to go out in January.

Further information will be provided to households before the service starts on the 2 April next year and all the latest information is available online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling , by text if you sign up for text alerts or by following the council’s Twitter account @WestNorfolkBC.