New fortnightly bin collections for Bridlington area

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Around 24,000 residents in the Bridlington and Hornsea areas will be able to recycle even more from May 7 when the new fortnightly bin collections service is introduced.

Households will receive letters early next month from East Riding of Yorkshire Council explaining how the blue recycling bins and green landfill bins will be emptied fortnightly.

The new collections will also include households in Beeford, Bempton, Burton Fleming, Carnaby, Flamborough, Rudston, and Skipsea.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “This new service is in response to the requests by so many residents to be able to recycle more in their blue bins.

“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 for residents to call if they have a question and there is a dedicated email address, wastewatchers@eastriding.gov.uk.

“With the early May letters there is also an information pack and new bin calendars. For residents who like to be reminded when to put out their bins we have a new text service and details are included in the pack.”

Bridlington has 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.

Councillor Fraser added: “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 move comes following demands from residents to have their blue recycling bins emptied more frequently.

Residents told the council that the blue bins were filling up too quickly since they were able to put glass, further plastics and Tetra Pak food and drink cartons into the bin.

Residents also commented that their green landfill bins were not filling because their increased use of the blue and brown bins meant the bulk of their waste was now being recycled and composted.

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 land filling. The amount of waste collected from the green bins in the trial area went down by 35%.

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