Thousands of new recycling bins continue to be distributed to homes across Northampton

More town residents have received their new all-in-one wheeline bin as distribution continues.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 24th August 2018, 4:50 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:15 pm
The new-look recycling bin
The new-look recycling bin

Thousands of the new-look black and blue bins are being rolled out across Northampton in a new scheme which will see a change in the way we recycle our rubbish.

The all-in-one bin will eventually replace the three separate boxes currently used for recycling.

The rollout of the new wheelie bin began more than two weeks ago. They are being delivered on a weekly basis, round by round until September 14.

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All the bins arrived on the back of the delivery vehicle and are then made up in the street by workers who attach the wheels

Workers are currently distributing in Duston.

Residents can start using their new bins as soon as they receive them. However, the change in service officially begins on September 17, when the bins will be collected on a fortnightly basis.

The new all-in-one recycling was a flagship promise by environmental contractors Veolia, who took on the town's bin collections in June.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “The new all-in-one recycling bins are larger which means residents can recycle more than they currently do. And since the bin is lidded, it will stop rubbish blowing around streets in windy weather, helping to keep the streets cleaner, which is exactly what people asked for in the consultation.

“We know people on sack rounds would like to receive similar benefits in their areas. As a result, residents are now able to present their recycling in sacks instead of boxes and Veolia is in the process of completing an audit to identify properties where there is room to store wheelie bins off the streets. These properties will be contacted after September and options are being sought for those properties that don’t have room to store a bin.

“In the meantime, since distribution of the new bins will take time, with crews having to top up supplies on their vans several times a day. We are asking for residents’ to assist the process by only contacting the Council about not receiving a bin, on the Friday of the week that they are expecting to receive it.”

Food waste and garden waste collections will continue separately and so items of this kind should not be placed in the new all-in-one bins.

People can check their collection days on the borough council’s website from September 17, where you can also find when they will get their new bin.