Garden waste wheelie bins set for approval

Garden waste wheelie bins are set to receive the green light next week.

The Council’s Cabinet will meet on Tuesday 13 October to go through plans to switch the service from bags to wheelie bins for teh 2021 season. 

Registration for next year’s collections will open in November and will give residents a choice of two bin sizes.

Residents who register before a cut-off date in January will be able to receive delivery of the new wheelie bin free of charge in time for when the service begins in April. 

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment, said: "We were blown away by the positive feedback from our announcement of our plans a few weeks ago. 

“Since then, we have been working hard on our plans that will see the old, prone-to-walkabout, bags replaced with sturdy bins that are far more suitable for the job.

“Later this month, I’ll be inviting my cabinet colleagues to help me see this decision over the line.” 

The change in policy is being introduced in line with industry best practice around manual handling health and safety for staff. In 2019, the teams lifted more than 4,400 tonnes of garden waste throughout the year, all of which had to be physically hauled from the ground into refuse vehicles.

In contrast, the new wheelie bins are easier to move and are mechanically lifted by the vehicle. They will also keep garden waste dry and tidy and will be easier to clean.  

The new wheelie bins will have far less impact on the environment as they have a much longer lifespan than the difficult-to-recycle bags, are less likely to go missing, get torn or blow away unlike the bags which have limited durability.

A campaign will be rolled out in early November to encourage residents to register for the new 2021 wheelie bin garden waste collection service.