Local residents are being encouraged to look out for a leaflet being delivered to homes from next week, explaining the changes to rubbish collections in November.
The 4 page leaflet will:
- Tell residents more about what is changing and why;
- Suggest how best to sort your recycling boxes to make space in your wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag;
- Include some frequently asked questions;
- List additional services that B&NES Council offer to help you.
From 6th November, Bath & North East Somerset Council will be collecting rubbish every other week in wheeled bins or re-usable bags for the majority of residents. Recycling, including food waste will continue to be collected weekly.
The chargeable garden waste collections will remain every other week. The changes will help to keep the streets cleaner, increase recycling and make the services more affordable.
In March, the council sent a letter out with the Council Tax bill to let residents know what container they’d had been allocated. To check your allocation, enter your address at www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle or contact Council Connect.
If you have a query with your allocation, contact Council Connect. Where households have 2 or more children in nappies, 6 or more people in their household or a clear medical need they may be able to apply for a larger bin.
If you need to change your allocation, contact the Council Connect waste enquiry line on 01225 39 40 00. They will talk through your needs, and then if appropriate pass on your request for change of container. We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your request.
In the meantime, your original allocated container will be delivered to you before the start of the new collection. If the council agree to issue an alternative container, they will arrange to replace your original with your changed container.
From 25th September to early November, the council will deliver the wheeled bins or re-usable rubbish bags to 78,000 households. The bins will be delivered to the front of properties or your re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered to your door.
B&NES Council has asked residents:
- To not put out your new bin/bag for collection until 6th November;
- To continue to put out your rubbish as you normally do until the new collection starts;
- To put out your rubbish for collection in your new bin/bag on your correct collection day from 6th November
Your bin or re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered with a welcome pack which will include further information about the new collection service including how to use your new wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag collection, your 2017-2018 collection calendar (please check to see if your collection day will change from 6 November) and Christmas collection information.
To get ready for the new service, the council has issued the following advice:
- Make sure you recycle all you can, including your food waste. You can order extra free recycling containers at www.bathnes.gov.uk/orderacontainer
- If you prefer, you can collect recycling containers at one of the three Recycling Centres, rather than wait for one to be delivered.
- Check the B&NES website for the latest updates. Check to see if your query is answered in over 30 FAQs they have on the website www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle
- Visit one of the roadshows to see the new containers and find out more. Go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/roadshows for details and check on their website to find out where the display wheeled bins are.
- The council are promoting re-usable nappies to help reduce waste. They are selling packs of Bambino Mio re-usable nappies for £150 (£100 less than the retail price) via www.bathnes.gov.uk/realnappies
- Resident’s packs – the coujncil are developing website materials you can download for free to help share messages with neighbours to advise them how to set out their waste etc. The website will explain this further and include a leaflet and tick-card to post to neighbours explaining how to use the service properly when the new service starts.