With the introduction of wheelie bins to some areas of Colchester in June this year, how are residents getting on with the new waste scheme?
Colchester Council introduced changes to the waste and recycling scheme back in June 2017 which saw just 15% of Colchester households receive wheelie bins to collect their black sack and garden waste, at a direct cost to the taxpayer of £351,000.
The reason for the change by Colchester Council was said to increase the amount of recycling produced by each household and by imposing a fortnightly limit on black bag collections, reduce the amount of landfill tonnage.
Amongst those areas in Colchester where residents received two wheelie bins per household was the ward of Stanway on the west side of Colchester in Essex.
Since the launch of the new recycling scheme, Colchester Council have not commented on forecast tonnage figures.
For the financial year of 2015/16, the UK’s leading independent recycling and waste management website letsrecycle.com suggests Colchester Council were recycling 47% of household waste.
Compare that against Rochford District Council where their combined recycling waste scheme for the same period saw residents recycling 66% of household waste. It may seem Colchester has a long way to go to catch up but it is on the right path.
Waste collectors trained to use the newly modified vehicles for wheelie bin collections have said: “Rounds do take longer to complete with wheelie bins. We don’t have to bend down to the ground so much now.”
A recent Freedom of Information request has shown there are no plans to increase the number of households in Colchester that will receive wheelie bins.
But what do residents think about the local Council’s ambitious plan to roll out wheelie bins to areas of Colchester?
Many people on social media oppose the changes, with a view that the Council could have simply limited the black sack collections to increase recycling rates without spending so much money on wheelie bins.
Others defend the actions of the Council and agree wheelie bins were a good investment, helping to reduce bags torn open by small animals.
The annual waste and recycling figures for 2016/17 will be published in 2018, in the interim, partial waste collection tonnage data has been published online.