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Easier and improved recycling for Watford homes with new single blue-lidded wheelie bin
The number of recycling bins Watford residents have to deal with is due to be reduced down to one in an effort to send less rubbish from the town to landfill.
A single blue-lidded wheelie bin is set to replace the multi-bin recycling box system. The new bins will also replace the communal recycling bins used by residents in flats.
Recycling collections are due be increased to happen weekly as opposed to fortnightly under the new regime.
Watford Borough Council, which recently outsourced its refuse collections to Veolia, said general non-recyclable waste will continue to be collected weekly. However garden and food waste will continue to be collected fortnightly.
Watford’s Elected Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, said: "We currently recycle around 40% of waste in Watford and this new scheme should make it easier to recycle even more. We have been able to make these changes following our successful bid for funding from the Government to keep the weekly black bin collection and to improve the recycling service.
"Sending waste to landfill costs a lot more than it does to recycle it. By having a simpler recycling scheme, recycling will increase and less waste will go to landfill which will help to keep our council tax from going up."
"We are delivering information leaflets to residents to explain the changes and over the next few weeks will also provide a handy guide to recycling, together with a collection calendar for the following 12 months. Veolia will also collect any unwanted recycling boxes, which will be recycled."
The new bins are due to be rolled out between October 7 and October 31 and the new system will start on November 1. Each household will also have a collection calendar service leaflet delivered.
Under the new regime, cardboard will no longer be accepted in the green wheelie garden and food waste bins but instead can be recycled in the new blue-lidded bin. The council said this is because of new national compost quality standards - sticky tape, plastic and labels left on the cardboard is leading to poor quality compost. Plastic bags will no longer be able to be recycled and will have to go into the general waste bin.
Matthew Crane, Veolia’s Contract Manager in Watford, said: "We are proud to be operating in Watford. The new improved recycling scheme means that together with local residents support, we can help make Watford even greener."
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