‘More efficient’ recycling and waste collection system revealed

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 May 2018

Sort your recycling to help the bin men use their time more effectively. Picture: North Somerset Council/Biffa

Sort your recycling to help the bin men use their time more effectively. Picture: North Somerset Council/Biffa

North Somerset Council/Biffa

Waste collection changes in and around Weston will impact more than 80,000 but could be a ‘huge success story’, the council hopes.

Sort your recycling to help the bin men use their time more effectively. Picture: North Somerset Council/BiffaSort your recycling to help the bin men use their time more effectively. Picture: North Somerset Council/Biffa

Biffa will roll out a new scheme to collect North Somerset residents’ rubbish from next month in a bid to be ‘more effective’.

The company will look to maximise productivity and reduce costs with its ‘pocket approach’ which will see bin lorries out in an area every weekday.

Biffa took on North Somerset Council’s waste collection contract from Kier in April 2017 and said it inherited ‘difficult’ rounds.

Its regional general manager Brian Ashby said: “We are about six to seven months late launching this but the re-route will make the rounds more efficient.

“It will accommodate the high amount of growth in the area and at the end of the process we should be in a much better position to make sure we complete every day on the day we tell residents they will have their rubbish collected.”

A total of 83,175 homes will be affected in some way when the system is introduced.

The revamped route could see households given different collection days and some households may experience changes to their fortnightly routine.

Cllr Peter Bryant said the plan could be a ‘huge success story’.

He added: “This particular scheme means the same crews will work the same areas, which means they will have ownership and know the nooks and crannies and avoid missed collections.”

Mr Ashby added: “A pocket approach brings together local teams to provide a better and more reliable service.

“The waste and recycling workforce will work in smaller teams in a specific area all week, which helps to build knowledge and understanding of the area.

“The new plan hopes to minimise the number of missed collections, the cost of sending vehicles up to collect those missed collections and reduce the carbon footprint.”

The changes will come into force on June 4, with 25 more members of staff and six extra vehicles in place to cater for the start of the scheme, as well as the football World Cup.

To find out more about how you will be affected, click here.

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