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St Helens Council prepares to roll out bin shake-up
11:56am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
THE biggest shake-up in the bin collections in decades will roll out across the borough in less than a fortnight.
It will see a huge focus placed on boosting recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste from homes that is directed to landfill.
At present 31 per cent of waste is recycled in St Helens - but the council is setting a target of 50 per cent by 2020 to avoid European fines.
The changes also reduce costs by £250,000 a year as the local authority seeks to respond to budget cuts that will have reached £50m by 2014/15.
After a huge marketing push council chiefs will wait to see how the changes are met by 75,000 homes.
St Helens Council has claimed “all households will find it easier to recycle, every week, immediately”.
However, when the plans were announced earlier this year, there was an outcry by some residents over the switch to fortnightly brown bin collections.
Creators of the new service argue this will be offset by the introduction of a food waste recycling service, which will see caddy liners collected once a week along with recyclables.
More than 13,000 homes have ordered the food caddies so far. Households will be given a designated collection day when recycling containers should be put out. Collection of brown bin and green bin collections will alternate week by week.
Bin men will be stationed on a fleet of new collection wagons which the council describes as “more environmentally friendly”.
The new service will start from Monday, September 23, although collections for flats will begin in November and at a later date for some rural communities.
From this month, households started receiving information packs detailing a 12 month collection calendar and a guide to the new service.
For caddies: 01744 676789 or go to sthelens.gov.uk/recycling
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