Waste and recycling collection changes.

From Monday 15th October Wychavon District Council (WDC) will be making changes to waste and recycling collections.If you have not had a letter then please go to our online bin look-up service here where you can find out the details of the new collection arrangements or you can email Wychavon@fccenvironment.co.uk  or call 01386 565018.

Our garden waste customers (brown bin) should note that these will now be collected on the same day as their recycling (green bin).

 

Why are we making these changes?

We have introduced these changes due to the increase in new housing across the district and increased travelling times for our collection vehicles to the energy from waste plant in Hartlebury. The changes will allow us to increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary journeys.

Good news! Residents can now recycle more from the kerbside

The changes have allowed us to increase the number of items residents can recycle from the kerbside. People will be able to recycle household batteries, textiles and small electrical items by placing them out on the same day as their black bin collection.

The reason we are asking people to recycle these items on their black bin week is to avoid any potential confusion with items that are recycled via their green bin. Batteries, textiles and electrical items require a separate recycling process to paper, glass, plastic etc and if they were to accidentally are put in the green bin they could cause difficulties at the recycling facility at Norton and pose a fire hazard.

To recycle these items via the kerbside collection people must:

·         Ensure batteries are placed in a small clear tied bag (eg a sandwich bag although they could also use a clear used bread bag) and put on top of their bin or out with their sacks if on a sack collection. They must be in a bag so they don’t cause a trip hazard and don`t fall through the cage on the collection vehicle.

·         Textiles must be placed in a carrier bag and put out with sacks or the side of the black bin. They must be stored in a bag to prevent them from getting dirty or wet which would make them unsuitable for recycling. Stuffed items such as pillows, duvets and quilts cannot be accepted through this scheme. We would encourage people to donate any good quality clothing or textiles to charity shops. Residents can use this handy charity shop locator to find their nearest one.

·         Small electrical items (toaster, hairdryer, curling tongs, kettles etc) can be placed on top of the black bin or out with sacks.

For more detailed information about the changes click here.