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Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Wheelie bins could be coming to East Cambridgeshire

Wheelie bins could be coming to East Cambridgeshire

People living in East Cambridgeshire could be getting wheelie bins. 

The district council have launched a consultation on proposed changes to the district’s waste and recycling service which could be introduced if the authority is successful in its £5million bid to Government.

An outline bid was put together by East Cambridgeshire District Council to the Department for Communities and Local Government earlier this year for money to make it easier to recycle more of the district’s waste while keeping weekly rubbish collections.

As part of the conditions of the bid, the authority is holding a consultation to ask the public about the proposed changes to the current method of recycling collections. This would see the current brown sack and black box collection system replaced with: 

A new wheeled bin recycling collection, including paper, glass, metal cans, plastics, cartons and cardboard. This would be collected fortnightly

A new wheeled bin collection for organics to include food and garden waste. This also would be collected fortnightly.

A fleet of new vehicles for the new services as well as a rescheduling of rounds to reduce carbon emissions.

Councillor Richard Hobbs, Chairman of the Community and Environment Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: 

“Earlier this year we submitted an outline bid to the Government for £5m to help improve the waste and recycling service in East Cambridgeshire. The funding would come from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s ‘Weekly Collection Reward Scheme’ – which is making £250 million available to all authorities.

“We are very hopeful that our bid will succeed but it is important that we allow residents to have their say on what is being proposed. So from now until the end of July, a survey is available online and in the Council’s offices for people to let us know what recycling services they see as being most important and how they should be collected. Please take the time to have your say so you can help us plan the services of the future.”

The survey can be found at: www.eastcambs.gov.uk/east-cambs-district-council/waste-collection-proposal or by collecting it from the Council Offices in Ely.