Derby household waste overhaul aims to make recycling second nature
AN overhaul of the household waste system in Derby aims to "make recycling second nature".
The new system is set to do away with the controversial orange and blue bags.
If approved by the city council cabinet, from March 25 about 80,000 new blue bins would be delivered across the city to be used for recycling glass, plastic, tins, paper and cardboard.
The council says this would save the tax payer £500,000 a year – with the new 240 litre bins costing £2.2 million – and make recycling easier for householders, who have criticised the existing orange and blue bags for cardboard and paper, which have been blown around the streets.
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Councillor Ranjit Banwait, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "We want to make recycling second nature and this new system will do that.
"The current system is simply not working and this new one us simpler and also cheaper for the tax payer."
Residents would no longer have to separate recycling to put it in their blue bin and bags – they will be able to put it all in the new blue bin.
But the new bins would not be used until June 3 – until then residents will have to use the current system.
Tim Clegg, director of Derby City Council's Street Pride, said: "This system will mean people will recycle more, will mean fewer crews on rounds and less fuel being used, which will all lower our carbon footprint."
There would be a drop from 16 crews to 12 but the council says there would be no compulsory redundancies due to early retirements and voluntary redundancies.
Mr Banwait said that the council had been forced to make "unprecedented" cuts in its budget and that the new system would save "a huge amount of money."
The old bins would not be collected later in the year and Mr Banwait said he was aware this delay in the changeover might add to the continuing problem of bins being left on the street.
He said: "We understand that some people will struggle with having the extra bin. But it is something that we are looking into with some pretty radical ideas but we need residents to work with us on this."
The new blue bin scheme is expected to win final approval at a city council cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
And next year, households in Derby will have a change in the collection of their brown bins, which currently take both garden and food waste.
From 2014, households that want a brown bin collection will have to pay a £40 charge and the bins will only take garden waste.