New wheelie bins for garden waste

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 October 2015

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PEOPLE in North Somerset could soon be able to recycle even more household waste – and recycle garden waste in new wheelie bins.

North Somerset Council wants to increase the types of recycling which can be put in green boxes.

Contractors have been invited to bid for the council’s recycling and waste collection contract, which will begin on March 1, 2017.

The contract includes management of the district’s three recycling centres, collection of bulky and clinical waste, and the collection of recycling from 13 recycling banks. The council also says it will improve the recycling service provided to people living in flats.

The free garden waste collection service will also be updated, by replacing the current garden waste bags with green wheelie bins.

Other types of kerbside collection will be unchanged with non-recyclable waste collected fortnightly, and recycling and food waste collected weekly.

Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “We’ve listened to what our residents have told us about green bags, how they get lost when they blow away or can be difficult to move around and tear once they’ve been filled.

“Wheeled green bins don’t have those problems and are actually a more cost-effective way for us to collect green garden waste, providing better value for money for our residents.

“We’re committed to making sure the change to green bins is made as easy as possible.”

The contract will last for seven years with an option to extend to 20.

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