New Refuse Service to go County-Wide
Following a successful year-long trial of 10,000 households, Conwy’s 4-weekly refuse collection service is going county-wide from September 2018. This service puts recycling right at its heart and the results from the trial found that recycling increased by 14% and refuse in wheelie bins reduced by 31%.
The Council provides weekly recycling collections for: food waste, paper, card, cans, glass, plastics, Tetra Pak and even batteries. With fortnightly collections for green waste, textiles and small electricals, Conwy residents can recycle more things more often.
“Residents in Conwy will have 15 collections every 4 weeks, or 19 if they use our nappy or incontinence product collection service,” said Cllr Donald Milne, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Roads and Facilities, “leaving only small amounts of refuse that can’t be recycled”.
Using the weekly collections for food and recyclables is the best way to make sure there is enough room in the refuse bin. The new nappy and incontinence products collection service helps to stop smell or pest problems.
“Most people in Conwy recycle, but before the trial we found that over half the contents of people’s bins could have been recycled. Those lost materials ending up in landfill cost the community £1.6m every year.”
The year-long trial, together with extensive research before, during and after, found that recycling increased but so did the motivation to recycle. Residents reported that they were recycling new items, more items and some were even taking part for the first time. When asked why, the change in the service was given as the top reason. Residents also found that many of their concerns about the change, such as fly-tipping, did not materialise.
“Everyone benefits when we recycle more and thanks to the recycling efforts of those on the trial and the feedback they provided, we are confident that this new collection service will boost recycling rates further.”
Extra recycling containers are available. These are all free of charge, except additional reusable garden waste bags which can be purchased for £1.50. There is also a new weekly nappy and incontinence products collection service for those families that need it. Assisted collections for those that have difficulty moving their bins or recycling containers will continue to be available. Larger households may be able to request an extra bin under certain conditions.
Information about the new service will be delivered to households in September along with a calendar of the new collections dates and details on all the materials that can be recycled. More information, help, advice, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at www.conwy.gov.uk/recycling
Posted on 07/08/2018