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Changes to the waste and recycling service 2017/18

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

What is changing?

Black bins – from January 2018 the current 240 litre black bins for non-recyclable waste will be replaced with 140 litre bins.

If you are recycling everything every week and still struggling with your black bin waste or think you will not manage with a smaller bin, visit our ‘Special circumstances’ page to find out how we can help you.

Frequently asked questions about the changes

Recycling collections – in June we made changes to recycling collections:

  • recycling containers are emptied every week with the food recycling bin
  • you can use green boxes to sort your recycling instead of a mixture of bags and a box. You can carry on using the white bag and green bag with the green box to sort your recycling if you wish
  • all of the recycling from your food bin, green boxes and/or bags can be collected in one vehicle.
  • Plastics and cans can be mixed together and are sorted mechanically at a recycling facility. Other items are still separated into compartments on the vehicles, so sort your recycling in your boxes
  • large cardboard boxes should be cut or folded down to no larger than the green box
  • motor oil and car batteries are no longer collected from the kerbside and should be taken to a Sort It recycling centre
  • bags for disposable nappies are available for families with children under 5 years old to help manage their non-recyclable waste

What isn’t changing

  • black bins will continue to be emptied every two weeks, even after the change to smaller bins
  • you still need to sort your recycling in your boxes so items can be easily separated into the 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 will carry on being collected every week. You can use 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

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

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