Recycling levels are expected to receive another major boost later this month when the next phase on the introduction of wheelie bins for domestic refuse collection gets underway in many parts of Waltham Abbey. A leaflet asking residents (on the Monday collection round) to look out for their new bins is being delivered by Epping Forest District Council`s contractor this week. Delivery of the new bins is due to start on 16 January with the first collections under the new scheme starting on Monday 30 January.
Residents should receive the leaflet `Don`t Rubbish Our Future` explaining how the new domestic refuse and recycling collection scheme will work using a combination of blue box and sacks for recycling and the new wheelie bin to take any waste left over. The scheme has been up and running successfully since October in Chigwell and Lambourne where recycling levels have risen dramatically, click to enlarge image.
Pic: Each wheelie bin delivered to Waltham Abbey has a unique reference number linked to the property address as it is delivered. Only official wheelie bins issued by the Council will be emptied once the new system is operational
The introduction of the new scheme in Waltham Abbey will be followed in February by further deliveries of wheelie bins to residents in Buckhurst Hill, Nazeing, Roydon and a small part of Epping.
The standard 180 litre wheelie bin will have enough capacity to hold two weeks worth of non-recyclable rubbish produced by most households. Residents will be able to ask for a smaller 140 litre bin. Larger bins will also be available to families with more than two children and residents with special needs.
Once the new scheme is in place, domestic refuse collections will alternate each week between recycling and non-recyclable refuse. Calendars will be included in special wheelie bin delivery packs giving residents full details of how the new collections will work. Among the materials that can be recycled are plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminium cans, and paper and card.
Councillor Derek Jacobs, Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council welcomed the introduction of the new scheme to Waltham Abbey. He said: In the long run, increased recycling could save Epping Forest Taxpayers £1 million a year in reduced landfill disposal costs. However, the new scheme is not just better for our pockets. Cutting the amount of waste sent to landfill is also good for the environment. It reduces the emission of greenhouse gasses and other pollutants and reduces the impact on the landscape. The raw materials of recycled waste also cut energy consumption and provide the ingredients used by industry to cerate new products.
For more information click on the wheelie bin at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk or contact Environmental Services at Epping Forest District Council on 01992 564608. Wheelie bins will also be on display with Council staff on hand to answer questions at a roadshow on 17 January. The show will be outside the shops on Roundhills from 10am to 1pm and Princesfield shops from 2pm to 4pm.
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