Recycling for the Epping Forest district

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Epping Forest District Council has expanded its recycling service to include empty aerosol cans, such as those used for deodorants and air fresheners, plus aluminium foil trays, such as those used for take-away food, pie cases and oven-ready meals.

The carbon-busting move, which was rolled out last year, is expected to prevent an estimated 1,435,752 aerosol cans and 9,678,032 foil containers from ending up in local landfill sites every year.

More recycling poster

Councillor John Knapman Portfolio Holder for the Environment says: “This service is great news for households who want to do more to help the environment. It answers calls from many local residents to increase the range of items they can recycle at the kerbside.”

He continues: “The aluminium and steel used in these containers can be recycled endlessly without losing quality, so this is a really effective way for households to help reduce carbon emissions, save energy and ease the pressure on our landfill sites for waste disposal.”

Epping Forest District Council is advising households to ensure that aerosols are completely used up before they are put in the clear recycling sacks. The containers should not be pierced, crushed or flattened and loose or easily-removable parts, such as the lid, should be removed first. Foil containers should be rinsed clean before recycling.

More recycling cart

Local resident Mrs Joyce Plume from Buckhurst Hill said: “I’m really pleased that the recycling scheme has been expanded. We don’t use many aerosols or foil trays but I’ve always hated throwing them in the rubbish. It’s great that we can now put them in with our other recycling.”
According to Alupro, the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation, consumer demand for local authorities to include aerosols and foil containers in their recycling collection services has never been higher.

Alupro executive director Rick Hindley says: “Metal food and drink cans are already a familiar sight in most household recycling sacks but it’s great to see that Epping Forest District Council is collecting aerosols and foil trays, too. You might not think that you use many of these materials but in fact more than 580 million aerosol cans are used in the UK each year and the average household gets through 182 foil trays – so it all adds up to a lot of valuable, recyclable metal. This scheme has huge potential to save local energy and resources.”

He continues: “People have aerosols lying around all over the house – under the kitchen sink, on dressing tables and in the bathroom. Foil packaging is equally common, as it is used for everything from take-away trays and pie cases to oven-ready meals. All these items can be recycled, so we’d remind households not to leave any stone unturned!”

Alupro has teamed up with a range of leading manufacturers and retailers to launch a national campaign aimed at helping local authorities to follow Epping Forest District Council’s lead, by launching aerosol and foil recycling collections in their areas.

The campaign is backed by the major aluminium foil container manufacturers Coppice Alupack, Jena and Nicholl Food Packaging, Unilever – producer of leading personal care brands including Lynx, Dove and Sure – the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) and steel packaging recycler Corus.

Refuse Policy featured on Channel 4 News

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Epping Forest District Council’s refuse and recycling policy was featured on Channel 4 News on Saturday 11 June 2011.

 

View report on the Channel 4 website 

Epping Forest District combines a mix of weekly domestic recycling collections of kitchen and garden waste with collection every other week for dry recycling such as paper, tin cans, plastic and glass. Residual waste is also collected every other week. Since the introduction of the current system, the council and its residents have achieved recycling rates of around 60 per cent, significantly higher than the national average rates of 40 per cent (source Channel 4).

Aerosol Canisters and Foil can now be Recycled

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Household recycling

Used aerosol cans and foil can now be recycled from home as Epping Forest District Council has expanded its kerbside recycling collection to include these materials.

Empty aerosol cans, like those used for deodorants and air fresheners, plus aluminium foil and trays used for takeaway food, pie cases and oven ready meals will be collected along with other dry recyclables further reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

Householders are advised to ensure aerosols are completely used and the containers not pierced, crushed or flattened before being put in the recycling sacks. Any loose or easily removable parts, such as the lid, should be removed and put into the clear sacks separately. Foil containers should be rinsed clean before recycling.

Used aerosol canisters and aluminium foil

Epping Forest District Council Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Mary Sartin, said: “This is great news for households who want to do more to help the environment. It answers calls from local residents to increase the range of items that can be recycled at the kerbside. The aluminium and steel used in these containers can be recycled endlessly without losing quality, this is a really effective way to help reduce carbon emissions, save energy and ease the pressure on our landfill sites.”

Local resident Joyce Plume from Buckhurst Hill said: “I`m really pleased that the recycling scheme is being expanded. We don`t use many aerosols or foil trays, but I`ve always hated throwing them in the rubbish. It`s great that we can now put them in with our other recycling.”

For more information call 01992 564608.

Further Update on Refuse Collections

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The information we have posted on our website was correct as far as we were aware.

As we are informed that collections have been missed we will investigate and take appropriate action.  We also have officers out in the district, who are checking for missed collections.

We are already aware that people in Mead Close, Wallers Hoppit and Shaftesbury in Loughton and Shaftesbury Road in Epping have not had a collection and we will be rectifying this as soon as we can.

Smaller trucks being used to collect recycling in areas with difficult access

We are investigating areas in Matching and Willingale that have not had a recycling collection.

    However, if any residents are aware of any other missed collections in the district we would be grateful if they could let us know by:

  • Telephone 01992 564608
  • Email to erefuse@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

We request residents to continue to put their waste out for collection at the normal place. We are most grateful that our residents continue to bear with us and would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Snow and Refuse Collections Update

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Due to the adverse snowy weather some services have been affected and refuse and recycling collections delayed. To view the latest updates click on the links listed below.

19 January 2010

Further Update on Refuse Collections

St Thomas Church Upshire 13 January 2010

15 January 2010

Update on Missed Collections

Helping Out in Severe Weather

Small Trucks Recycle the Parts Dustcarts Cannot Reach

Upshire Road 13 January 2010

8 January 2010

Refuse Collections Resumed

Snow Closes North Weald Market

Essex Takes Steps to Keep Roads Moving
(link to Essex County Council website)

Sunset over the River Roding 6 January 2010

7 January 2010

Refuse Service Suspended After Injuries

Keeping High Streets Clear as Freeze Deepens

Snow covered cars in Epping 6 January 2010

6 January 2010

Snow Disruption to Refuse and Recycling

Plans West Meeting Postponed

Support Your Neighbour

Snow falling on the Epping fountain 6 January 2010

5 January 2010

Council Apologises for Waste Collection Delays

Epping High Street in the snow 6 January 2010

24 December 2009

Essex Keeps Moving

Snow settling on Epping High Street 6 January 2010

Update on Missed Collections

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A dustcart skidded off the road

Properties that suffered two missed collections because of the recent severe weather conditions have been prioritised for collection. Progress had been slow as refuse collectors battled in arctic conditions across Epping Forest District.

There have been several incidences of injury to collection staff with the most recent being a dislocated shoulder on Wednesday. Dustcarts have struggled in the icy conditions with vehicles skidding off roads.

Smaller street cleansing trucks are being used to move the backlog of recycling sacks in roads where dustcarts cannot reach and transferring them to a temporary collection point where dustcarts can remove them.

This may temporarily lead to large amount of sacks at one point before they are removed.

Smaller street cleansing trucks removing the backlog of recycling sacks

Dustcarts collecting recycling sacks from a temporary collection point

High Streets and Daily cleansing areas are being street cleansed as normal, similarly dog bins, litter bins and delivery of dry recycling sacks to outlets are also being undertaken.

    Missed collections from Tuesday 22 December 2009:

  • Refuse is all cleared
  • Recycling – Mamelons Farm Caravan Park, Roydon / Nazeing – yesterday still had access problems. This recycling is contained in 3 x 1100 litre bins and a Waste Officer is talking to the Caravan Park management today regarding the situation
  • Epping – Broadoaks, Sunnyside and Springfield – these will be cleared first thing this morning

 

    Missed collections from Wednesday 23 December 2009:

  • Loughton – all outstanding refuse collection will be cleared today
  • Epping and North Weald – 7 outstanding roads will be cleared today

 

    Missed collections from Thursday 24 December 2009:

  • Refuse – 20 outstanding roads will be completed today
  • Recycling – all roads outstanding – Sita are concentrating on this today, any that are left will be collected on Saturday

 

    Last weeks missed collections:

  • The most recent snow again caused major disruption to the scheduled collections last week. Collections were suspended on Thursday and there remain roads across the district that our contractor Sita could not gain access to. We are endeavouring to collect where it is safe to do so.

We would remind all residents who had a missed collection to leave out all refuse and recycling at their normal point of collection, including any side waste. We would like to thank all residents for their understanding and cooperation at this difficult time and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Small Trucks Recycle the Parts Dustcarts Cannot Reach

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Refuse collectors are using small vehicles to pick up refuse and recycling on residential roads still too slippery for large dustcarts. Both the Sun and the Daily Express contacted the Council to ask about apparent mountains of rubbish at Epping Green. Epping Forest District Council`s contractor Sita is using the small trucks to pick up the backlog of recycling waste sacks which are then placed at collection points larger vehicles can safely reach. The recycling is then transferred and removed.

The Sun did not run the story on learning that the `mountains` were part of the collection process. The Express could not resist a picture but sadly did not explain that the sacks were placed there by the refuse collectors and quickly transferred to dustcarts.

Councillor Mary Sartin, Environment Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: Our refuse and recycling collectors have born the brunt of some of the worst weather we have seen in decades. Several are now off work due to broken bones and cuts sustained trying to collect refuse and recycling from people homes.

Large vehicles have had a particularly difficult time getting up narrow and icy residential roads so we hit on the idea of diverting smaller trucks from street cleaning duties.

Residents are being assured not to worry by the `mountains` of recycling appearing around the district. They are strictly temporary. said Councillor Sartin, Residents can be assured they are a good sign we are adapting to the conditions and catching up on the collections.

Refuse Collections Resumed

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All waste and recycling collection services have resumed following the temporary suspension of the service yesterday.

The Council is aware of the roads that have been missed and is endeavouring to collect as much waste as possible. Where it is safe to do so, we will start to collect from areas that have waited the longest for a collection. However because of continuing icy conditions it may not be possible to collect from all of these areas.

Please continue to put out waste and recycling for collection in the normal way. We will collect all side waste (additional waste placed next to your container) during this bad weather period. If you would like any further information please contact 01992 564608.

Thank you for your continued understanding and co-operation.

Refuse Service Suspended After Injuries

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Following accidents and injuries to several members of refuse collection teams, all waste and recycling collections have been suspended throughout the district. Our collection crews are facing severe difficulties in providing the service due to the very dangerous conditions which exist on many of the district`s roads and pavements.

During the suspension of normal operations we have diverted resources to the gritting of town centres and secondary shopping areas in support of the County Council who are responsible for gritting operations in the district.

We are monitoring the situation carefully and will recommence waste and refuse collections as soon as it is safe to do so. We will then prioritise collections so that those properties that have been waiting the longest for a collection are dealt with first.

The decision to suspend normal collection arrangements has not been taken lightly and the Council apologises for the continued disruption. However, despite the best efforts of the waste crews to provide collection services, conditions are such that a number of accidents have taken place which have caused significant injuries to waste operatives.

We will continue to provide updates on the situation here on the Council`s website. We are thankful for residents’ understanding and co-operation during this difficult period.

Councillor Mary Sartin, Environment Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: I would like to express my thanks and concern for the waste collection crews. They have done everything possible to keep collections going but conditions have become too dangerous. Refuse and recycling collections will recommence as soon as it is safe. In the meantime I would like to thank residents for their continuing patience and support.

Snow Disruption to Refuse and Recycling

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Severe weather continues to cause disruption to the Council`s waste and recycling collection services. Today should have seen waste and recycling collections for Abridge, Chigwell and Waltham Abbey. However, despite the best efforts of our refuse and recycling contractors, it has not been possible to collect from a large number of roads.

For some residents this means storing large volumes of waste including the extra waste generated in the Christmas holiday period. Residents are requested to place all waste at the normal collection point. Due to the exceptional circumstances the Council will collect any side waste (this is waste placed next to your normal wheelie bin).

For as long as access is difficult and until the weather improves we will use all available resources to collect as much waste as we can. Once the weather improves and normal operations commence we will prioritise collections and collect from those properties that have been waiting the longest for a collection.

The Council apologises for this continued disruption to normal waste and recycling services. Residents have been very understanding and co-operative during this difficult period and this is greatly appreciated. Thank you.