Householders in Wyke have been chosen to pilot Bradford Council’s new alternate week bin collections.
To help the environment, increase recycling and save Council Tax payers’ money, Bradford Council is coming into line with most of the rest of the country by introducing alternate week collections.
This will mean that general waste (green) and recycling bins (grey) will be emptied on alternate weeks on a Thursday in the pilot scheme area.
From October this year, the pilot scheme will be carried out in the Wyke Ward area Thursday collections round. The first alternate week collection will be the general waste (green) bin on 6 October, and the recycling waste (grey) bin will be collected on Thursday the following week, 13 October.
This area has been chosen as it is representative of the district as a whole and is next to Calderdale and Kirklees which already operate the alternate week system.
To boost recycling rates, householders can now put all their recyclables into one grey bin. This includes glass, plastic bottles, tins, aluminium foil, aerosols, paper, cardboard, and plastic bottles. Residents in Wyke can now also recycle yoghurt pots, butter tubs, plastic food trays, drinks cartons and TetraPacks.
Larger items, excess waste and garden waste – for those who have not signed up to the paid for garden waste collection service – can be disposed of at Household Waste Recycling Centres, one of which is at Dealburn Road, Wyke.
A permit to use the centres and further information in the form of leaflets, bin tags and letters, are being sent to each household in the pilot scheme.
Bradford Council plans to introduce alternate week bin collections to the whole district next year.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “Now that householders in the pilot scheme can dispose of all their recyclables in one bin, there should be no need for the general waste bin to fill up so quickly.
“Introducing the alternate bin collection system will encourage families to think more about recycling, hopefully leading to a dramatic reduction in the amount of waste going to expensive landfill and damaging the environment.
“With a bit of forward thinking and careful disposal of the right waste in the right bin, we don’t think it will be too much of a struggle for people to adapt to the new system. We really appreciate the public’s help with recycling.”
For more information or to request a free recycling bin for those who don’t already have one, please visit: Bradford.gov.uk/recycling, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01274 431000.