In March 2017 your green bin service will become fortnightly. This will not affect the collection of your other bins or, in the vast majority of cases, the day of your green bin collection. However, your bin might be collected at a different time of day than before.
Shortly before the service changes, we will send you a calendar setting out your revised collection dates. Once the changes have started, you will also be able to check the date of your next collection online.
We have had to make cuts of £118m since 2010 and have a challenging savings target of £56m by 2019/20. As a result, we have to find more efficient ways of delivering services while still maintaining a high standard.
Green bin collections were identified as an area to make significant savings while minimising the impact on residents and service performance.
A public consultation process was undertaken between the 10 June and 2 September 2016, which offered two options for future service delivery:
The preferred option (supported by 87 per cent of residents responding to the consultation) was to move to a free fortnightly green bin service. The options and the response from the consultation were considered at a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on the 19 October 2016.The decision was made to implement a new free fortnightly service that will start in March 2017.
3,191 residents took part in the public consultation.
We recognise that when the service becomes fortnightly, some households with a 140 litre green bin may find that their bin is too small.
To address this, we’re offering all households with a smaller slimline green bin the option to swap for a larger 240 litre bin free of charge. However, in order for the bins to be delivered in time for the revised service provision in March, requests from residents should have been made by the deadline of 8 January 2017. There is still an opportunity to receive a larger bin for free after this date, but it is unlikely new bins ordered after 8 January 2017 will be delivered prior to the start of the new service in March.
We will also be writing to all residents who our records indicate have a smaller bin, with a Freepost return card.
If you’re unsure whether you have a slimline bin, see our below chart:
What to do if you share a green bin and want your own bin
We have written to all residents who our records show share their bins. You can use a freepost reply to request a free bin of your own.
What to do with additional green waste if your bin is full
You can also purchase home compost bins at a reduced price.
To help with any smells, use boiling water or a fragranced cleaning product to regularly rinse your bin and deter flies. You should also:
Flies can only lay eggs if they have the chance to land on unwrapped and uncontained food. By following the guidance above, the opportunity for flies to lay eggs is limited, which should mean maggots can be avoided.