Bath & North East Somerset Moves To Fortnightly Waste Collection

Bath & North East Somerset Council is to introduce changes to the frequency of waste collections later this year, meaning most households across the district will change to a fortnightly residual waste collection from November.

Recycling collections, including food waste, will remain a weekly collection, the Council says.

Cllr Martin Veal, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Over 70% of Councils across the UK, including our neighbours in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, already run every other week collections for rubbish in wheeled bins, and most have weekly recycling collections.

“They have all reported significant benefits including a reduction in the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, an increase in recycling, reduced street litter and cost efficiencies.”

“Over 70% of Councils across the UK, including our neighbours in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, already run every other week collections for rubbish in wheeled bins, and most have weekly recycling collections.”

The Council will provide a 140-litre wheeled bin for the storage and collection of residents’ residual waste.

According to the Council, the changes are being introduced to save money and improve recycling.

It says around 75% of a household’s waste can be recycled using the current collections, but over half of an average residual waste bag consists of items that could have been recycled.

The change will also help to encourage everyone to use their food recycling collection, the council says – only about 50% of households currently use this. About a third of the waste in residual sacks currently is food.

It says every lorry load of waste costs £1,000 to dispose of, whilst every lorry load of recycling earns an income of £100.

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