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Changes to waste and recycling 2017

From 19 June 2017 important changes were made to recycling collections in South Gloucestershire to reduce waste and recycle more.

Recycling collections

  • recycling containers are now emptied every week with the food recycling bin
  • new recycling vehicles have replaced our two-vehicle collection system, so all of the recycling from your food bin, green boxes and/or bags can be collected in one vehicle
  • you can use green boxes to sort your recycling instead of a mixture of bags and a box. Alternatively you can carry on using your green box, white bag and green bag to sort your recycling. Pick up green boxes from one of our roadshows. If you cannot come to us to pick up a box, you can order them online.
  • motor oil and car batteries are no longer collected from the kerbside and should be taken to a Sort It recycling centre
  • large cardboard boxes should be cut or folded down to no larger than the green box
  • bags for disposable nappies are available for families with children under 5 years old to help manage their non-recyclable waste

Black bins

Early next year (2018) the black bins for non-recyclable waste will be replaced with smaller bins for the majority of households. Households with authorised extra capacity will keep their bins and continue to be reviewed every year.

If you are struggling with your black bin waste or are managing with your current and think you will not manage with a smaller one, even with a weekly recycling collection, visit our ‘Special circumstances’ page to find out how we can help you.

What isn’t changing

  • you still need to separate your recyclable items in your containers so we can easily sort them into the different sections 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 will carry on being collected every week. You can carry on using plastic bags to line your food bin and kitchen caddy
  • communal bin collections from flats will continue to take place every two weeks until further notice. The non-recyclable waste bins for flats will not be reduced in size
  • garden waste collections will continue to take place every two weeks and the bins will not be reduced in size

Our Waste Strategy

Waste and recycling is an important service provided 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.

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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Our vision is:

“To deliver a service that meets our environmental aspirations for a sustainable future by valuing all resource and preventing waste whenever possible. Where waste is created, we will work to enable a circular economy that encourages reuse, repair and recycling by providing an easy to use service that is accessible to all residents. When reuse, repair or recycling is not possible we will promote waste as a sustainable renewable energy source and only use landfill as a last resort.”

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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