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Council to scrap weekly black bin collection as new recycling timetable to come into force

New recycling boxes and food waste bags will be delivered to every house in the borough ahead of the new weekly collection service in June

Hounslow council is scrapping its weekly landfill collection service as it rolls out a new recycling collection timetable.

To encourage more recycling, Hounslow Council has announced it will make collections every seven days for food waste, plastics and cans, paper and card.

The current weekly black bin landfill collection will become fortnightly with the changes.

In a move towards greener rates, it will also provide every house in the borough with recycling boxes and food waste bin liners.

 

The recycling service will begin under its new operation from Monday June 5.

Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran and Deputy Leader Amrit Mann with the Recycle 360 collection crew before their first shift(Image: Hounslow Council)

Last month, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan , was in Hounslow where he visited the newly open recycling facility Recycle 360.

Changes to recycling collections include all recycling including plastics will be collected every week and food waste will be collected every week.

Currently, 31% of waste in Hounslow is recycled.

There is potential to save £1.3m a year in landfill costs if residents are able to recycle 50%, the council said.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, with Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council at Southall Lane, to see the Recycle 360 waste and recycling operation.(Image: GLA)

The council is giving every house in the borough the following items:

• A new red recycling box for residents to put in households’ plastic and cans.

• A new blue recycling box for households’ paper and card.

• A new recycling box net to cover the recycling boxes on windy days.

• A roll of 52 biodegradable bags for food waste.

The new boxes will be delivered before Monday June 5.

All other landfill rubbish – in black bins - will be collected every two weeks starting from Monday July 10.

Brand new fleet of vehicles as Recycle 360 take over recycling and waste collection contract in Hounslow(Image: Hounslow Council)

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader of Hounslow Council, said: “We promised you a greener, cleaner borough and that is what we are doing with the introduction of the new weekly recycling collections for houses.

“We need residents’ help to recycle more so we achieve our recycling target of 50% by 2019 and save £1.3 million a year which could be used protect other vital council services.

“Many residents throw items away as rubbish when they could and should be recycled instead.

"We hope this weekly recycling collection will help residents realise just how much they can and do recycle before all other rubbish is collected every two weeks starting on July 10 2017.

"With more recycling, the amount of other rubbish will decrease and residents will see the huge benefits of this.”

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