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Dacorum Borough Council introduces new 'easier' recycling system for residents
Current rubbish and recycling collections in Dacorum are set to be overhauled in an attempt to make the system simpler for residents.
The new scheme, which has been approved by councillors, aims to make it easier for residents to recycle more at the kerbside and take the borough towards a recycling rate of 60%.
At their meeting on February 11, Dacorum Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed the plans to inform residents of changes coming to their waste collection.
From November this year, households in Dacorum will change to a new waste collection service using three wheeled bins and a kitchen caddy. The kerbside collection will include weekly collection of food waste, fortnightly collection of mixed dry recycling, fortnightly collection of landfill non-recyclable waste, and between February and November a fortnightly collection of garden waste.
Councillor Julie Laws, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: "We are introducing the new scheme to make it easier for our residents to recycle more, and increase the recycling rate for the borough from the current 46%.
"We expect the new scheme to bring other benefits too, such as preventing contamination of green compostable waste from tape and glues on cardboard, which will instead be collected with mixed dry recycling, or from non-compostable bags in food waste. The new collection should also reduce issues with insects in bins during warmer weather."
Under the plans, recycling advisors will be touring the borough this summer to inform residents of the changes, which will be introduced to all houses across Dacorum in November 2014.
Currently each household in Dacorum, which includes Kings Langley, Bovingdon, Chipperfield and Bedmond, is provided with one grey bin, one green bin and three recycling containers. The grey and green bins are collected on an alternate weekly basis and the recycling containers are collected on a weekly basis.
The grey bin is used for household use that cannot be recycled and the green bin is used for food waste, garden waste and cardboard. Recycling is currently intended to be separated into the three containers.
Different arrangements are being considered for waste collection from flats, which will be introduced in 2015.
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