Leaflets are being delivered to the homes across Thanet this week (week commencing Monday 21 August) who will be getting wheelie bins delivered later this year.
The second phase of the roll out follows a successful pilot scheme at 5,000 houses last year, which saw recycling rates in those areas hit 30%. Residents were asked about the scheme and nearly 90% of those who responded said that they were finding it easy to cope with the new, alternate week collections, now they could put out more items for recycling. The wheelie bins have also helped to make streets cleaner, with seagulls unable to attack the waste.
Now the scheme is being extended to 20,000 more properties in parts of Birchington, Westgate, Westbrook, and the eastern part of Cliftonville, Palm Bay, Kingsgate, Dumpton, the Whitehall and Northwood estates in Ramsgate, Cliffsend, Minster, Monkton and St. Nicholas at Wade. Every home which will be included on the new round will receive a leaflet explaining about the scheme and how it will work.
Homes will receive two wheelie bins, one with a blue lid for recyclable items, such as paper, card, cardboard, plastic bottles and tins, while the black lidded bin will be for rubbish that cannot be recycled, such as food and nappies. Rubbish is collected one week and recycled items are collected the following week.
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said:
"Wheelie bins have already made a big difference in the pilot areas, helping to provide cleaner streets, which we know are a priority for local people, and have also dramatically improved recycling rates.
Despite initial misgivings about the scheme, the vast majority of people who took part in the pilot scheme told us that they found it worked well for them, as they were able to recycle much more than they could before."
He added: "We've learnt from the pilot scheme and are now providing even more information to those homes who will be receiving wheelie bins in the second phase of the roll-out. This should hopefully help to make their transition into the new, alternate week collections easier, as it fully explains how they can make the most of their new blue lidded wheelie bin for recycling."
Wheelie bin roadshows will also be held in the areas that will be moving on to the new scheme, with Council officers on hand to answer questions from residents.
The existing wheelie bin scheme that started at properties last year will continue as normal.
Ed: I’m not entirely sure how these will work in properties like my own, with a long narrow uphill path to the gate between hedges, where the layout won’t accommodate a wheelie bin. Does anyone know?