19th Sep, 2019

Residents across Malvern Hills district reminded of waste collection changes

Craig Gibbons 22nd Jan, 2018

LETTERS have been sent out to households across the Malvern Hills district to advise them of the forthcoming changes to waste collections.

As of April 2 the district council will be introducing alternate weekly collections.

This is where waste is collected one week and recycling the next on a rotating basis.

The changes will save the authority £250,000 and is part of a plan to make £1.45million of savings by 2021 as a result of Government funding cuts.

The vast majority of households will be given a black 180-litre wheeled bin to use for the disposal of their waste which will be delivered between February and March.

Due to the landscape of the district it is not possible to issue wheeled bins to all households and some will remain on sack collections while others will be moved to communal bins.

The letter advised residents of which method they will be using as well as how they can apply for a larger bin if they are eligible and meet certain criteria.

Coun Bronwen Behan, portfolio holder for environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “I would urge residents to look out for these letters and ensure they read the important information they contain carefully.

“A lot of effort is being made to ensure our residents are fully informed about the changes.

“We’ve spoken to more than 500 people at various events we’ve attended throughout the year, are providing regular updates to those on our electronic mailing list and have created a detailed web page with more information on.

“We want to ensure our residents are fully supported so the transition to the new system is as smooth as possible.”

A review is being carried out to identify if some households currently receiving a sack collection would be eligible for a wheeled bin.

Where this is the case, households will be notified separately.

Those on assisted collections will continue to receive help from crews with the disposal of their waste and recycling.

All households will also be getting an information pack containing detailed advice on how to minimise their waste and maximise their recycling which will also be delivered in February and March.

For more information on the changes visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/waste-changes or sign up to the waste and recycling electronic newsletter at www.malvernhills.gov.uk/emailalerts.

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