East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to consider introducing fortnightly collections of blue and green bins following a trial run in Bridlington.
Currently the Council empties blue recycling bins every four weeks, green landfill bins once a week, and brown bins once a fortnight.
But at its meeting next Tuesday the Council’s cabinet is expected to agree to rolling out the new collection service, which will see green and blue bins emptied once a fortnight.
The five phase roll out would start in Hedon in April, with Bridlington being part of the second phase which would get underway in May, before being extended to the Willerby, Market Weighton and Goole areas over a 10 month period.
The move, which the Council say will ultimately save more than £1 million a year, comes after trials involving 20,000 households across the East Riding, with residents on the Avenues, in Bridlington playing their part.
Environment, housing and planning portfolio holder Councillor Symon Fraser said: “East Riding residents have been leading this, especially Bridlington residents who have been absolutely amazing. They have been really, really good at taking it forward and we have responded to what they want.”
“Recycling is not done by the council, it’s done by the residents and they have been gold medallists in it in this Olympic year,” Coun Fraser added.
According to the Council the trialled fortnightly collections have led to a 60% increase in the amount of materials being recycled, compared to 14% in the East Riding in 2004.
At the same time there has been a drop of 35% in the amount of waste being put in the green bins and subsequently ending up as landfill in the trial areas.
Head of streetscene services at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council John Skidmore said: “They are surprising results, it’s amazing, it’s been unbelievable. In terms of recycling the trial has surpassed expectations as to how well it has gone.”
During the trial the council’s recycling team went door to door obtaining feedback from residents who also had access to a hotline number, dedicated email address and an information pack.
The Council say feedback from the trials has indicated that residents supported the fortnightly collections as it enabled them to recycle more.
“We have got 20,000 households on the trial, we have been door knocking and getting their reaction and residents are telling us this is what they want and this report is bringing that forward,” Mr Skidmore said.
A waste services report to be discussed by the cabinet states the proposed collection service would create waste disposal savings of £468,000 a year and waste collection savings of £775,000, making for an annual total saving of £1,243,000.
It also states that while the new service would lead to an increase of seven blue bin collection rounds, the green bin collection rounds will inevitably decrease by seven rounds.
The report states: “The trade unions and staff working on these services have throughout all the changes over the past few years continued to be briefed and kept fully involved in the changes to the collection service.”
“A recruitment freeze to filling permanent posts has been operating for the last two years and was implemented as a prudent measure due to on-going changes to the bin collection services and the potential impact that future decisions may have on the number of collection rounds required,” it adds.
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