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Our waste strategy

Our waste strategy

Waste and recycling is an important service used by every household in South Gloucestershire. Our updated Waste Strategy sets out our plans for the service from 2015 to 2020 and beyond to make sure that we reach our recycling targets and provide a service that can cater for our growing population.

Black bin exchange

Last year we exchanged the old 240 litre black bins for non-recyclable waste for new 140 litre bins for all houses in South Gloucestershire.

The change followed the introduction of weekly recycling collections to encourage residents to recycle more of their household waste.

If you are recycling everything you can every week and are still struggling with your black bin waste, visit our ‘Special circumstances’ page to find out how we can help you with nappies, assisted collections and extra non-recyclable waste.

Frequently asked questions about the changes

What else has changed?

  • Black bins are still emptied every two weeks, even after the change to smaller bins.
  • Recyclable items should be sorted in your boxes so they can be separated into compartments on the vehicle. For example, keep glass separate from paper and keep cans and plastics separate from cardboard and cartons. Check how to use your containers.
  • Food waste is still collected every week. You can use plastic bags to line your food bin and kitchen caddy.
  • Garden waste is collected every two weeks with a subscription or booked sack collection. The green bins will not be reduced in size.
  • Communal bin collections from flats continue to take place every two weeks. Bins for flats will not be reduced in size.

Waste Strategy 2015-2020

This sets the strategic objectives, policies and plans for 2015–2020 and beyond. Outlining our key drivers, our current performance, the services we provide and proposed changes to those services.

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Members made the decision to implement the waste strategy at the Environment and Community Services Committee meeting 6 July 2016.

You can find the background papers for the strategy on the links below:

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