NEW black wheelie bins have begun to be delivered across the Malvern Hills district ahead of the launch of alternate weekly waste collections.
Over the next few weeks more than 27,000 black 180 and 240-litre bins will be distributed to qualifying households, starting with the Great Malvern area.
Bins will be left at the boundary of properties by crews from Jett, a delivery firm working on behalf of Malvern Hills District Council to help with the roll-out.
Households will also receive a covering letter with a collection calendar on the back as well as an information booklet containing important information on how the service works and guidance on recycling and waste reduction.
Properties not eligible for a wheelie bin, due to their location or other reason, will be sent the information in the post.
Residents are being urged to not use the new bins until the service starts on Monday, April 2.
Even though this is a Bank Holiday, collections will take place as normal on that day.
Black bins and sacks will be collected during the first week of the new service, followed by green bins and cherry sacks and then rotating again.
Residents need to ensure all rubbish is inside the bin as any waste left at the side will not be collected.
Coun Bronwen Behan, responsible for environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Preparations for the launch of the new service are going well and the team has been working hard to ensure we answer any queries residents may have and deal with requests as quickly as possible.
“I’d urge residents to look out for the pack which will be delivered either with their bin or through the post and read the important information it contains.”
A majority of councillors voted last February to introduce alternate weekly collections or fortnightly collections as they are commonly known.
This is where waste is collected one week and recycling the next week on a rotating basis.
The move will help save the council £250,000 towards its target of saving £1.45million by 2021 due to reductions in Government funding.
Residents can sign up for the waste and recycling electronic newsletter containing updates, hints and tips by visiting www.malvernhills.gov.uk/emailalerts.
Any household which was expecting a wheelie and has not received one by March 19 should call the waste changes hotline on 01684 862490.