Refuse collection shake-up in view

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HOUSEHOLDERS can expect to see major changes to the way household waste is collected from next summer, if plans by Aylesbury Vale District Council come into effect.

Under the proposals, more types of materials will be collected for recycling and residents will no longer have to sort these into separate recycling baskets.

AVDC cabinet member for environment and health, Sir Beville Stanier, said the council was committed to increasing the district’s rate of recycling. At 21 per cent, it is currently one of the lowest in the country.

AVDC hopes to get this up to over 40 per cent within the first year.

Every household will be issued with a big 240-litre wheelie bin in which they can put all their bulky mixed recycling, including paper, cardboard, cans, plastic, and Tetra-paks. This will be collected fortnightly.

They will also receive a small, tightly lidded bin and a kitchen caddy in which they can dispose of all their food waste.

This will be collected on a weekly basis, with an expected 7,000 tonnes of food waste a year going to an anaerobic digestion plant, to be used to generate electricity.

Glass will continue to be collected monthly in the existing lidded box.

All remaining household waste will go in the existing wheelie bin, which will be collected alternate weeks.

It is anticipated that separating out more waste for recycling will greatly reduce the volume of waste in the main bin, and a separate weekly collection of food waste will take away the main cause of unpleasant bin odours, making fortnightly collection acceptable.

Used nappies and used cat litter, however, will still have to go in the main bin.

About 2,000 homes in Buckingham and Winslow have been taking part in a pilot scheme since 2006, in which garden waste has been collected free of charge in a separate brown bin.

This will be offered as an optional paid-for service under the new scheme, for an anticipated yearly charge of about £30.

A further change is that refuse collection crews will no longer pick up what is known as ‘side waste’ – any extra bags of rubbish left alongside green bins. This is because crews have to make extra trips to the rubbish lorry to put in individual bags, which delays the round.

The plans, which aim to save AVDC £500,000 a year, will go before its environment scrutiny committee next Wednesday and if approved will be introduced next June.