Herefordshire residents will see a change to their general rubbish collection service from November 2014. The service will move to alternate weekly collections, meaning that recycling will be collected one week and general rubbish will be collected on the other week.
The decision has been taken in order to reduce costs as council budgets reduce and to increase recycling rates to come into line with Government targets.
Householders will be allocated a black bin which can be used to safely and hygienically store general rubbish between collections. Bins will be delivered from August 2014 and residents will receive instructions and a collection calendar ahead of the go-live date of November 2014.
Cllr Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets said
“This change to alternate weekly collections will save Herefordshire Council in the region of £0.5m per annum. The council is continually looking for ways to deliver more cost effective and efficient services. This enables us to focus on our key priorities of investing in services designed to make sure that children and adults live healthy and happy lives and that we provide more employment and housing in the county.
Alternate weekly collections is a widely used approach to waste and recycling collection and has been used successfully in Shropshire and most of Worcestershire for many years.
Recycling rates in Herefordshire are under the level expected by Government in the future and this move has been shown to increase recycling rates in other areas in the UK.”
More information can be found at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/bincollection