Changes to kerbside recycling collection service from 9 March

Changes to kerbside recycling collection service from 9 March

The way in which recyclable materials are collected will change from 9 March 2020; from this date many households will also see their collection day change.

Letters are being sent to every household in Wiltshire informing them of their recycling collection day under the new system. The letters are being sent out now and should be delivered to all households by 6 March. Once residents have received their letters they can also go online and print off a bespoke collection calendar.

Conservative Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste, said: "The changes to the recycling collection system and collection days will take affect from Monday 9 March and will enable more materials to be placed in the blue lidded bin.

"We are asking people to look out for their letter which will tell them the dates of their last black box and blue lidded bin collection under the current system, and the date of their first collection under the new system. It will also contain a leaflet explaining the new system and a sticker that can be placed on their blue lidded bin to remind them of the materials that can be recycled in it.

"These changes will encourage people to recycle more and will also improve the efficiency of our rounds and reduce the number of vehicles on our roads. Fewer vehicles mean we will reduce our environmental impact and contribute to our aim of becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030."

In summary, the changes are:

- In the blue lidded bin you can recycle: cans, tins, aerosols, paper, cardboard, cartons, foil, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

- In your black box you can recycle: glass bottles and jars and bagged, dry textiles

- The blue lidded bins and black boxes will be emptied fortnightly on the same day, using new recycling collection vehicles.

Recycling tips:

- Wash and squash all cans, tins, plastic and cartons where possible

- Bottles, jars, cans, cartons and aerosols should be empty; lids can be left on

- Flatten cardboard boxes to make more room in your bin

If you think you may not have enough room in your blue lidded bin, please try squashing and flattening as much of your recycling as possible for the first few collections to see if this means you could manage. Larger or additional blue lidded bins will not be delivered until residents have first tried the new service and demonstrated to themselves that, despite squashing and flattening materials, they need additional capacity. They can then request a larger or additional blue lidded bin via our website.

To find out more about the changes, see www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling-collection-changes

Recycling is an important way that Wiltshire residents can help reduce their carbon impact. The council is encouraging residents to sign up to the Green Pledge, which contains other suggestions to help people contribute to tackling carbon reduction and climate change.

by Charlie Monro,