Epping Forest District Council has taken delivery of the first consignment of 3,000 brand new wheelie bins. A second delivery is expected within days. Contractors working for the Council are expected to begin deliveries to homes in Chigwell and Lambourne over the next few weeks in preparation for the introduction of weekly collections alternating between recyclable and non-recyclable refuse, which will start in these areas at the end of October.
Households in Chigwell and Lambourne are receiving a leaflet alerting residents to the imminent arrival of their wheelie bins. Residents have already had their first chance to view the new wheelie bins and talk with Council staff at a roadshow touring the Chigwell and Lambourne area. The delivery of the wheelie bins will put Chigwell and Lambourne at the forefront of Epping Forest District Council`s drive to double household refuse recycling. Further roadshows are planned.
Around 6,500 households on the Chigwell and Lambourne collection round will receive wheelie bins during October. Once the round has bedded in properly, the Council plans to extend it to Loughton and Buckhurst Hill and parts of Waltham Abbey in the New Year. Ultimately, wheelie bins will be delivered to households across the district.
Councillor Derek Jacobs, Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: The adoption of alternate weekly collection made possible by the use of wheelie bins is vital to the long term health of our environment. The district currently sends around 50,000 tonnes of household refuse to landfill tips every year. The pollution from these sites is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and contaminates land and water supplies.We intend to slash the amount of waste going to landfill by giving everyone the opportunity and the incentive to recycle as much as possible.
Councillor Jacobs continued: With increased landfill charges potentially costing the Council and local taxpayers an extra £1 million every year if we don`t increase recycling, it is in everyone`s interest to make the new system work.
The Council is appealing to residents not to use other types of wheelie bin for their refuse when alternate weekly collections begin. Councillor Jacobs said: Although some people do not want wheelie bins there are many others who have already found them to be a much better alternative to black sacks. There is a thriving trade in the sale of wheelie bins but not all types are suitable for the lifting equipment on our trucks. Non-standard bins falling off the lifting gear onto anyone standing nearby could cause serious injury. Please use your official Epping Forest District Council Wheelie Bin only.