RESIDENTS are being reminded changes to waste and recycling collections will be introduced by Malvern Hills District Council from next week.
From Monday the alternate weekly collection system will begin operating in the district where waste is collected one week and recycling the next on a rotating basis.
The first collection will be of waste and residents should put out their black bins or black sacks by 7am on their usual collection day.
This includes Easter Monday as collections will take place on that day even though it is a bank holiday.
Residents with a black bin must ensure all waste is placed inside it as sacks left at the side or on top of the bin will not be collected.
More than 27,000 black wheeled bins have been delivered to households across the district as part of the changes.
Coun Bronwen Behan, responsible for environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Officers have been working incredibly hard to ensure residents have the information they need to make the move to the new system as smooth as possible.
“Our dedicated waste changes page has been viewed more than 6,000 times, over 3,000 people are signed up to our electronic newsletter and we’ve dealt with numerous enquiries by phone and email.
“This has been a very complex project and the rural nature of the district has made it particularly challenging but despite that, the overwhelming majority of people eligible for a black wheeled bin have received one.
“We always expected there would be a small number in the most hard to reach areas we would need to catch up on after the launch and we will do that as soon as they are identified.”
She added the roll-out of the new programme would contribute towards a £250,000 saving from the authority’s waste and recycling service which in turn would help them achieve £1.45million of savings overall due to the reduction in Government funding.
“I’d like to thank residents for their support and co-operation so far.”
More than 99 per cent of households eligible for a black wheeled bin have received one but a small number in hard to reach areas have still to be identified and delivered.
Anyone who has a green wheeled bin and has yet to receive a black wheeled bin should call the waste changes hotline as soon as possible on 01684 862490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents expecting a black wheeled bin who do not receive one by April 2 can leave their waste out in black sacks on their usual collection day until a bin is provided.
Those living in properties where waste and recycling is collected centrally will have their communal bins delivered during April.
Landlords who own flats or apartments and have yet to be contacted by the district council should get in touch immediately.