Changes to green waste collections

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THE collection of green waste in NE Derbyshire is to be temporarily stopped during winter, following new guidelines which mean cardboard will no longer be collected in residents’ green bins.

NE Derbyshire District Council is now informing residents of the change, which will start from November when households’ garden waste is at its lowest.

The waste in the green bins is turned into composting, and new standards around the quality of the composted waste mean that card is not being collected with green waste in future.

It has therefore been decided to suspend green bin collections during the winter months when people are less active in the garden, and cardboard makes up the bulk of green bin collections.

In future, households are asked to recycle their cardboard by putting it in their burgundy recycling bin.

Cllr Nick Foster, Member with responsibility for the Environment, said: “During the winter months most of the waste in green bins is cardboard because people are less active in the garden.

“If people do have any green waste over the winter it would help us if they could either take it to their local waste recycling site or leave it in the green bin to be collected during the spring.

“We hope that this change won’t inconvenience people too much. It’s also a way for us to save some money at a time when our funding for all our services - including waste collection - is being reduced. So, we will be making savings that will help us to maintain a high standard of waste collections services throughout the year.”

Normal fortnightly collections of general household waste (via the black bins) and waste for recycling (via the burgundy bins) will continue as normal. The council will be distributing bin hangers to all households over the next few weeks explaining the changes.

Green bin collections will start again at the end of March 2012, in time for the gardening season.

Cllr Foster added that the council had listened to residents when preparing the 2011-2012 collection calendar. Where a household’s fortnightly burgundy bin collection falls on a Bank Holiday their bin will now be collected just a day later, whereas previously they would have had have to wait a month to have it emptied.

He added his thanks to NE Derbyshire residents for helping to dramatically increase the amount of waste being recycled via the new burgundy bin scheme.

“The response from our residents has been absolutely fantastic,” he said.

“In just a few months we’ve almost doubled the amount of waste that’s being diverted away from landfill sites.”