Recycling and waste collections in North Somerset changed

PUBLISHED: 18:06 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:06 28 February 2017

The new recycling crews for North Somerset.

The new recycling crews for North Somerset.

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Green waste will only be collected from North Somerset households who have registered for a £25 bin, as of today (Wednesday).

North Somerset Council’s new waste contract with Biffa begins this month. The previous services were run by Kier.

Cllr Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for waste management said the recycling rate in North Somerset was already one of the best in the country and the new service provided the opportunity to recycle even more.

He said: “We would like to thank all our residents for their efforts in making us one of the best recycling councils in the country.

“We would now urge people to recycle even more by making the most of the extra items that can be recycled at the kerbside.

“You can also recycle extra items at our recycling centres meaning even less will now be sent to landfill helping the environment and saving council tax payers’ money.”

Kerbside collections will now allow people to dispose of small electrical equipment, for example a toaster.

A council spokesman added: “Crews will record and take photos of any justified missed collections such as contaminated recycling boxes, double bins/side waste or parked cars which prevents collections taking place.

“Again this will help the council when they receive calls from residents.”

Other changes will see food waste collection facilities rolled out to flats and tip opening hours being reduced.

In future, Backwell’s tip will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Portishead’s every Tuesday.

As of April 3, charges will be introduced for people wishing to dispose of more than one bag full of construction or DIY waste.

The changes to opening hours and charging for DIY waste is expected to save £225,000 per year.

* To register for a green bin collection. visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/gardenwaste


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