Green bins to replace bags as council hopes to boost recycling

PUBLISHED: 10:32 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:27 22 October 2015

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said the authority had listened to people's views.

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said the authority had listened to people's views.


New wheelie bins will be given out across North Somerset for people looking to recycle garden waste.

North Somerset Council will be introducing the new bins as part of a renewal of its recycling services contract.

The authority also wants to increase the types of recycling which can be put in green boxes for kerbside collection.

However, the council has officially ruled out introducing rubbish collections once every three weeks. As the Times revealed in the summer, the idea had been discussed – with one Conservative councillor saying it was a possibility – but was quickly dismissed as an idea by the council.

The authority is now inviting waste and recycling collection companies to bid for the council’s 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 under the new contract.

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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