Households in South Gloucestershire are being urged to get set for new waste collection days being introduced from Monday 2nd June.
Calendar ‘hangers’ with details of the new dates will be placed on black bins between 12th and 23rd May.
The changes will see a new fortnightly schedule introduced for all households, with black and green bins collected in one week and the green recycling box collected in the other.
Plastics and cardboard will also be collected on alternate weeks, while food waste will continue to be collected weekly.
All waste and recycling will need to be put out by 7am to ensure collection.
The changes are the first revisions to the district’s waste collection dates since 2010 and will help to accommodate the new recycling services — including mixed plastics, Tetrapak cartons and small electrical items – which were introduced on 31st March.
Any residents who have not received a bin hanger by Monday 26th May should contact the council on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01454 868 000.
With news of the changes coming just two months after the council introduced an opt-in £36 p.a. charge for emptying the green bin, local Conservative councillors have questioned the wisdom of the move. Cllr Ian Adams (Siston and Warmley), Conservative Lead on the authority’s Communities Committee, said:
“This announcement will come as real shock to South Gloucestershire households.”
“When so many residents have seen their green bins go uncollected despite paying the council’s controversial “bin tax”, people will understandably have major concerns over the ability of both the council and its waste contractor Sita to manage such a massive change in the waste collection service.”
“There’s a real fear that changing collection dates so suddenly will lead to yet more bin chaos.”
Residents can check the date of their next collection online at www.southglos.gov.uk/sortit.