Central Bedfordshire bin collection policy set for changes

PUBLISHED: 13:12 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:44 03 May 2018

Bin collections are set to change in Bedfordshire.

Bin collections are set to change in Bedfordshire.

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Central Bedfordshire Council has listened to residents and recommended changes to bin collections in the county.

The council confirmed yesterday that after 15,000 responses to their recent consultation, they have recommended change to its executive committee.

These include the introduction of weekly food waste collections, a choice of wheelie bin or reusable bag for for fortnightly garden waste collection and kerbside glass collection.

The suggested three-weekly black bin collection has been postponed, while charges for garden waste collection have been scrapped.

Councillor Budge Wells, deputy executive for community services said: “The consultation feedback has helped us set out a clear strategy for the future. “94 per cent said it’s important to help people recycle as much as possible.

“The majority of residents were supportive of food waste collections and separate glass collections.

“We will be introducing these as soon as we can when the new contract is in place towards the end of next year.

“Charging for garden waste collection was the least popular option, so we are not introducing this. Instead we’ll be continuing to provide a free fortnightly collection as we do now.

“In terms of three-weekly black bin collections, we know that residents had some concerns about how they would manage. We’ve listened to this, and we won’t be introducing three-weekly collections immediately.

“We will work with residents to help them recycle as much as possible, and the new services should help with this.”

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