Fortnightly recycling bin collections begin

Coun Symon Fraser at the Carnaby recycling plant.

Coun Symon Fraser at the Carnaby recycling plant.

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Bridlington residents will be able to recycle even more from next month when the new fortnightly bin collections service is introduced.

Households will receive letters soon from East Riding Council explaining how the blue recycling bins and green landfill bins will be emptied fortnightly from May 7.

It will also include households in surrounding villages such as Beeford, Bempton, Burton Fleming, Carnaby, Flamborough, Rudston and Skipsea.

Coun Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “We have put in place a programme of support to help those residents who may have a question about how it will work for them. This includes the council’s recycling officers knocking on doors in the area, advising on what to put in the bins and giving tips on preventing waste, which can save money for the householder.

“We also have set up a telephone hotline number, 01482 395586 to call if residents have a question and a dedicated email address, wastewatchers@eastriding.gov.uk.

Bridlington hosted the first trial of fortnightly collections, which has run for seven years. It was held in the Avenues area, which has one of the best recycling rates in Yorkshire.

Coun Fraser said: “The recycling rate has consistently been 61%. Before the start of that trial the council collected 44 tonnes a fortnight from the green bins in this area. Since the blue recycling bins were introduced this figure has dropped to 13 tonnes a fortnight. That is a brilliant result by any measure.”

The new bin collections follow last year’s hugely successful trial by the council following demands from residents to have their blue recycling bins emptied more frequently.

Residents were telling the council that the blue bins had been filling up too quickly since more could be recycled, and green bins not filling up.

During the trial the recycling rate in the trial area rose to 70% compared with a monthly recycling rate in the non-trial area of 60%.

At the same time, there was a drop in the amount of waste being put in the green bins for landfilling - down 35%.

The phased roll out of the new service across the entire East Riding will take up to the end of the year.

Information packs and new bin calendars, as well as information on a text message reminder service, will be included with the letters.