Dales gets a new age of recycling

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There are big changes afoot for Dales residents as the council prepares to roll out a new recycling scheme.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has launched an awareness campaign advising local people to get ready for the delivery early in October of new recycling containers.

For the first time, every household in the Dales will be able to recycle at home in a service change improvement programme that saves local council tax payers £385,000 every year.

The majority of the 33,000 households across the district will receive a new blue–lid recycling wheeled bin and two food waste caddies.

New contractor Serco Ltd will collect food waste weekly on the same day every week, and, on that day, they will also empty on alternate weeks the existing grey household waste bin one week and the new blue–lid recycling bin and existing green-lid garden waste bin together on the other week.

Properties not suitable for wheeled bins will use a blue box and two blue bags to recycle, and properties currently using black sacks for waste because of access issues will be able to recycle for the first time using a combination of bags and boxes. Compostable garden waste sacks will be available to all properties that cannot accommodate wheeled bins.

To keep people up to date with all the changes, full instructions and a collection calendar will be included when the new containers are delivered in October.

Leader of the council, Cllr Lewis Rose said: “These changes are a direct response to what residents told us they want – to recycle more at home.

“October is a massive month for us, for our new contractor and for our residents, and we are working hard to ensure everyone gets the message about the collection changes.

“The good news is that Serco re-employed the crews from the former contractor and have now been working the old rounds for the past month. In a change of this scale there are bound to be some teething problems, but we are confident we can make the improved new service work for everyone.

Further information is available by visiting www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/waste, calling the Waste Helpline on 01629 761122 or by emailing waste@derbyshiredales.gov.uk