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Overhaul of South Bucks rubbish collections announced
MAJOR changes to the way rubbish is collected in South Bucks will be introduced across the district next year.
South Bucks District Council has announced a total overhaul of its waste collection policy, which will see the introduction of wheelie bins for refuse and mixed recycling from February.
Residents will receive a letter this week outlining the changes, the biggest of which will be a different collection day for most and refuse collections altered from once a week to fortnightly.
The new system will also include weekly food waste collections and an optional, chargeable garden waste service.
SBDC is following in the footsteps of Wycombe and Chiltern District Councils, who agreed a shared new waste policy which has already begun in the Chilterns.
It is part of SBDC’s aim for households in the district to recycle 60 per cent of waste by 2025, up from the current figure of only 34 per cent.
And despite capital costs in the set up, council officers claim the new service will be revenue neutral and therefore will not rely on extra council tax funds.
As well as literature sent through the post, residents can keep up to speed with the changes at a series of council roadshows planned for October and November.
South Bucks District Councillor Nick Naylor, portfolio holder for Environment, said: “Residents told us that they wanted to be able to recycle more materials and we are extremely pleased that we are able to introduce this new service.
“If residents have any questions about the changes or they would like to see what the new bins look like they are welcome to come along to any of the 20 road shows taking place.
“We would also encourage residents to sign up to our email alerts and follow us on Twitter so that they receive regular updates.”
Black refuse bins and the blue-topped recycling bins will be collected on alternate weeks.
The new recycling bin will accept card, cans, aerosols, glass, plastic bottles, other plastic containers, tetra-pak and aluminium foil.
This replaces the current system, which sees one box for paper and card, one for glass and another for plastic bottles and cans, though the paper box will be retained in the changes.
The standard wheelie bin size is 240 litres, with smaller 140 litre models available on request and a 360 litre refuse bin available for families of five or more.
Currently, the majority of households still leave out black sacks for collection once a week, with trial areas in the district operating the wheelie bin system.
Council officials said every property is being assessed for suitability to the new scheme.
Those not able to accommodate the bins due to space or access restrictions will continue to have black sacks collected weekly, with new recycling sacks which will follow the same rules as the blue-top recycling bins.
Flats will be treated on an individual basis with any changes made by Autumn 2014.
The 25-litre kitchen waste boxes will come with a 5-litre ‘food caddy’, which is designed to be kept in the kitchen and transferred to the larger vessel once full.
The optional, chargeable garden waste collection will cost £45 per year, with an early sign up offer of £35 before the end of January for the fortnightly visits.
And responding to feedback during the consultation period, separate collections of small electrical items, batteries and textiles will be available for free.
Bins and boxes will be delivered in January and February, with the new service set to begin on February 24 and the new, chargeable garden waste collection operating from March 31.
Full details on the changes can be found here.
The refuse and recycling bins will be collected on alternate weeks. The two-week cycle will look like this:
• Refuse Wheelie Bin
• Food Waste Bin
• Recycling Wheelie Bin
• Recycling Box for Paper
• Food Waste Bin
• Small electrical items
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